'Bomb blast' shocks families in Welton street
Police investigations are continuing after a home-made explosive was set off on a residential street.
Officers and fire crews were called to Greenfield Walk, in Welton, when the small device – possibly made using a firework – was found alight.
The fire had been put out by the time police arrived but the scene was cordoned off for several hours while scientific investigation officers carried out their work and house to house enquiries were completed.
Inspector Shirley Eden, from Radstock police station, said: "Clearly this is something which we are taking very seriously and we are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the police."
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Luckily no one was injured during the incident at about 3am last Thursday and only a small amount of damage was caused but the explosion has caused shock waves through the community.
Police have not said publicly whether they think the device was aimed at a particular individual.
Resident Pete Angell said: "The first I knew about it was when I saw police everywhere the next morning.
"It is pretty worrying to think that someone would do something like that in the middle of the night while families are sleeping.
"At the end of the day someone could have been hurt or it could have started a house fire. At that time in the morning it could have gone unnoticed and there could have been tragic consequences."
Another resident, Sheila Moore, said: "Everyone is talking about it, but no one seems to know why.
"You think Midsomer Norton is a quiet and safe place to live till something like this happens. I think a lot of children have been quite scared after seeing so many police vans and all the police tape. My granddaughter asked me if someone had been murdered."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111