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Man charged after ‘rifle and bomb-making materials found’

  • Police found a rifle and empty gas bottles in a car on Aldinga Beach Rd on Friday
  • Authorities charged a 43-year-old man with unlawful possession of a firearm
  • He was also charged with possessing an object with intent to cause serious harm
  • He was refused bail to appear Christies Beach Magistrates Court next Monday
  • Police say that the materials could make a bomb but they are not terror-related 

A man has been charged after a gun and gas bottles were found in a car near an Adelaide beach on Australia Day, but authorities say it’s not related to terrorism.

The man was arrested on Friday after a member of the public spotted a rifle and other suspicious items in a car at Adelaide’s Aldinga Beach.

Police on Saturday charged the 43-year-old Whites Valley man with possessing an object to threaten or with intent to cause serious harm, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

A man will face Christies Beach Magistrates Court (pictured) charged with  possessing an object to threaten or with intent to cause serious harm and unlawful possession of a firearm

Police say the incident is not terrorism related after the bomb unit examined the car and a gun and two empty gas bottles were seized.

‘Although the items found in the car were used in connection with the making of explosive devices, the incident is not terror related,’ South Australia Police said in statement.

The 43-year-old man has been refused police bail and will appear in Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday.

Aldinga Beach Rd was closed while police and emergency services were on the scene, but is now open as normal.

Anyone with further information that may assist the investigation is asked to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online.

The man was arrested on Friday after a member of the public spotted a large rifle in his vehicle

The man was arrested on Friday after a member of the public spotted a large rifle in his vehicle

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