Police attend a siege at a house on the Gold Coast 

Residents are evacuated at Upper Coomera as a man is holed up inside his home Thursday morning, making threats to blow up a gas bottle.

 

The father of a man, who has threatened to blow up a house in a long-running siege, says he is not going to ‘‘overreact’’ and police are ‘‘doing a bloody good job’’.

 

The father, who did not want to be named, arrived at the scene about 11am.

 

He said police has asked him if he had any ‘‘tools’’ to coax his son out and he had given them some tips.

 

The father of the man (left) at the centre of a siege on the Gold Coast talks with his son's partner and police officers at the end of the street which has been shut down for the past 17 hours.

The father of the man (left) at the centre of a siege on the Gold Coast talks with his son's partner and police officers at the end of the street which has been shut down for the past 17 hours. Photo: Bridie Jabour


‘‘I'm not worried, he will be fine," he told Fairfax Media.

‘‘I came down here and shook the police's hands, they are doing a bloody good job.

 

"The last thing they need is overreactive parents hanging around."

 

The scene of a siege at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast.

The scene of a siege at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast. Photo: Nine New


The father said he would still head to work at midday as planned and leave it in the hands of police.

 

Police called him at home on Thursday morning to tell him his son had barricaded himself into the Upper Coomera home.

 

Shortly after noon, those at the scene heard what sounded like three shots but police have since ruled that out.

 

Site of the siege at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast.

Site of the siege at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast. Photo: Seven News


On Wednesday night, residents of the Gold Coast street were told they had two minutes to get out of their house as there was a bomb in their neighbourhood at the start of a siege.

 

The man is threatening to blow up LPG gas bottles in a home in Hart Street, Upper Coomera.

 

Police were initially called to the house at 7pm on Wednesday and the man has been barricaded in his house since.

 

Some of the locals gathering in the school's carpark waiting for the siege to be over.

Some of the locals gathering in the school's carpark waiting for the siege to be over. Photo: Bridie Jabour


Police smashed the windows of the house on Wednesday night.

 

Police have confirmed they did it to stop the man filling any rooms with gas and igniting it to trigger an explosion.

Adam Andrew was sitting down for some Chinese takeaway with his toddler daughter when police ran through their yard, saying they had two minutes to get out.

 

Media stand with neighbours who have been out of their home for 15 hours in keeping watch on the siege in Hart Street, Upper Coomera.

Media stand with neighbours who have been out of their home for 15 hours in keeping watch on the siege in Hart Street, Upper Coomera. Photo: Bridie Jabour


‘‘They said we had two minutes to go and there was a bomb," he said.

 

"... the last I heard from the police they were asking what the quickest way was over my fence.’’

 

Mr Andrew said he and his friends grabbed the Chinese and went to the restaurant thinking it would be over soon.

Instead his two-year-old daughter spent the night at her grandmother's house and Mr Andrew stayed with his stepbrother.

 

Neighbours have described the man involved in the siege as ‘‘angry’’, claiming he has threatened people in the street before.

 

A man, who just wanted to be known as BJ, said he was not surprised by the turn of events.

 

‘‘We hear him yelling a lot and he has argued out the front of his house with a lot of people,’’ he said.

 

BJ spent the night in his car with his partner after being ordered out of his home by police last night.

 

‘‘The dogs started barking and when we went to investigate the police told us to leave,’’ he said.

 

‘‘We grabbed what we could and put the dogs in the garage then left.’’

 

About 30 Special Emergency Response Team officers have swarmed the neighbourhood, with ambulance officers and firefighters on standby.

 

Police declared an emergent situation at 7pm on Wednesday in Upper Coomera after they were called to the house because of suspected violence and a man began making threats to blow up gas cylinders.

 

Locals were evacuated from their houses with an area shut down between Reserve Road to the west, Amelia Street and the Coomera River to the south and Tree Line Circuit to the north.

 

Residents were told to move to a school carpark in Reserve Road if they were unable to go to a friend or family member's house.

 

The emergent situation area was reduced to just Hart Street in the early hours of Thursday morning, with residents of the street still not allowed back into their homes.