UPDATE: Mortar shell discovered last week found to be hollow

UPDATE: A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman has confirmed a mortar shell found last week at a Steptoe St address has now been taken into the custody of the Army Disposal Unit.

The spokeswoman said the Army Disposal Unit arrived last Thursday night.

Upon inspection of the mortar shell, it was found to be hollow.

The spokeswoman said it appeared the contents of the mortar had been taken out and the shell been put loosely back together.

Army officers took custody of the shell.


APRIL 9: An exclusion zone of 200 metres has been established around an address on Steptoe St after what is believed to be an explosive device was found earlier today.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said attending police officers obtained a photo of the device and have sent it to the Explosive Ordnance Response Team.

The spokeswoman said EORT were of the belief that the explosive was a confirmed mortar shell from the photograph they received, but would know more once they had assessed it.

Crews will remain at the scene to keep the area clear and device secure until EORT crews can arrive.

The spokeswoman said the EORT team was currently en route.