Hout bay explosive device

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Bomb threat: Mystery surrounds discovery of explosive device in Hout Bay

Another explosive device has been discovered in 2022, this time in the coastal town of Hout Bay – and cops are baffled by the discovery.

Hout bay explosive device

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Law enforcement officials have been left scratching their heads in Hout Bay, after an explosive device had to be disarmed and removed from a solid waste drop-off site in the coastal town on Wednesday.

Explosive device found in Hout Bay

The bizarre incident, which took place just down the road from Cape Town, is now the subject of an extensive SAPS investigation. No arrests have been made as yet, and those probing the discovery need more time to piece this puzzle together.

A K9 unit and a specialised task team were called to attend the scene in Hout Bay, and sure enough, the device that had sparked such panic WAS found to contain ‘live explosives’, and featured materials that could cause serious damage if ignited.

Another day, another explosive device discovered…

Thankfully, we had a very good boy in attendance: Explosives detection dog Architta managed to sniff out the device, alerting his handlers to the danger almost immediately. A technician was then called in, leading to the safe disarming of the cylindrical tube.

It’s been a very jittery start to the new year, put it that way: In the last few days, Zandile Mafe was found with an ‘explosive device’ at Parliament, after he was arrested on suspicion of arson. A traveller at Bloemfontein Airport was also caught with a hand grenade in his luggage.

SAPS respond to Hout Bay bomb concerns

  • This third incident has not yet been linked to the previous two – but the cops aren’t ruling anything out at this stage:

“On Wednesday 5 January at about 15:35 members of the K9 Unit attached to the Provincial Extortion Task Team were summoned to the Solid Waste Drop off facility in Houtbay, where they were informed about a suspicious object on the premises.”

“The explosive detection dog Architta was used for an investigative search for the device. The dog reacted positively to the presence of possible live explosives in the device. The bomb disposal technician on the scene disarmed the device and removed it from the scene.”

SAPS statement