IN celebration of 150 years of firefighting in Ipswich, the QT and QFES will present a series of videos over the next few weeks.

Each video will be uploaded onto the QT website every Friday. Here's the third in the series: Back to the Brass Helmet: Clay Street Bombs

Firefighters were called in after a home made explosive detonated unexpectedly at Clay St, West Ipswich, on July 25, 2013, causing horrific injuries to a man suspected of making bombs over several months.

A series of controlled explosions had to be carried out after Mark Anthony Tear, lost several fingers and part of his groin.

A search of the property uncovered more of the volatile material known as TATP.

Subsequent investigations linked the home-made bombs to an earlier incident, in which a teenage boy from Leichhardt was maimed, as well as a bomb that was planted at the construction site of the new Bunnings Warehouse nearby.

Firefighters worked alongside police for several days as unexploded material was detonated in a series of controlled blasts.

A man lost most of his fingers in a home-made bomb explosion.
A man lost most of his fingers in a home-made bomb explosion. Glenn Barnes