Blast kills one, destroys 3 houses. "Not terrorism or gas" ?

#1
Press Association said:
The house at the centre of a mystery explosion was the target of a vandalism attack hours earlier when a purple liquid was poured through the letterbox, police have said.


The incident happened about 10 hours before the property in Harrow, north London, was levelled in the blast.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton said the terraced home is at the centre of the investigation into the explosion, which destroyed two other houses.

Speaking at the scene, DCI Sutton said a 17-year-old woman who lived in a flat in the property was the likely target of any attack.

One resident called police earlier that day to complain about a gang of teenage girls gathered outside.

The 17-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble of number 21 Stanley Road by neighbours after the explosion on Wednesday night. The teenager, named locally as Charlotte, was taken to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with severe burns.

Her next-door neighbour, 26-year-old businessman Emad Qureshi, was killed by the blast shortly after 9.30pm.

Mr Sutton said: "We still haven't ruled out a gas explosion but experts say it is unlikely to be the cause. What we can say is that we are happy there is no link to any terrorist organisation or acts here."

He said detectives are studying events at Number 21 earlier that day when a resident reported a disturbance involving a number of girls.

Mr Sutton said: "We are aware that at some point during the course of Wednesday there was a substance put through the letterbox of number 21. "It was a liquid substance and it was purple in colour. Until we can get access to the site of the explosion, that we believe to be number 21, we are not in a position to say what that substance might have been."
So if it wasn't a gas blast and wasn't terrorist related, this would suggest that teenage girls in North London have access to quantities of high explosive etc.

Just how much PE would you need to level three houses?

 

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#2
AQ auditioning new suicide bombers
"See Achmed press the button and whoosh pice of p1ss" :wink:
 
#3
EX_STAB said:
Press Association said:
The house at the centre of a mystery explosion was the target of a vandalism attack hours earlier when a purple liquid was poured through the letterbox, police have said.


The incident happened about 10 hours before the property in Harrow, north London, was levelled in the blast.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton said the terraced home is at the centre of the investigation into the explosion, which destroyed two other houses.

Speaking at the scene, DCI Sutton said a 17-year-old woman who lived in a flat in the property was the likely target of any attack.

One resident called police earlier that day to complain about a gang of teenage girls gathered outside.

The 17-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble of number 21 Stanley Road by neighbours after the explosion on Wednesday night. The teenager, named locally as Charlotte, was taken to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with severe burns.

Her next-door neighbour, 26-year-old businessman Emad Qureshi, was killed by the blast shortly after 9.30pm.

Mr Sutton said: "We still haven't ruled out a gas explosion but experts say it is unlikely to be the cause. What we can say is that we are happy there is no link to any terrorist organisation or acts here."

He said detectives are studying events at Number 21 earlier that day when a resident reported a disturbance involving a number of girls.

Mr Sutton said: "We are aware that at some point during the course of Wednesday there was a substance put through the letterbox of number 21. "It was a liquid substance and it was purple in colour. Until we can get access to the site of the explosion, that we believe to be number 21, we are not in a position to say what that substance might have been."
So if it wasn't a gas blast and wasn't terrorist related, this would suggest that teenage girls in North London have access to quantities of high explosive etc.

Just how much PE would you need to level three houses?

not much

 
#4
There's plenty of****ed up kids here that would do that. I can imagine it now "dat gyal did dis n dat, lez go fuk er up innit"

Happened not too far away from where I live

BBC said that the house was vandalised before the blast too, so it most likely was a running fued/beef between some chavs or something.
 
#7
Its what used to be called murder. If its not organised, to an end and intended to cause terror then it can't really be classed as terrorism. It could well be a gang hit if that much explosive was used. The house could, of course, have belonged to the girlfriend of a lawyer who is also in the HAC who she had an argument with earlier in the day...
 
#8
Local to me too and I suspect that there is much more to this one. Media coverage has been much more low key than one would normally expect.
 
#9
Does Crystal Meth make a really big bang when you get it wrong?
 
#10
rebel_with_a_cause said:
Local to me too and I suspect that there is much more to this one. Media coverage has been much more low key than one would normally expect.
Note that the man who was killed was one Emad Qureshi, described as a businessman.

Now it strikes me that Qureshi isn't a very common name in the UK. Beyond that if you consider how many people in any population are Company directors, how many Company Directors would you think there are in the UK with the name Qureshi?

Five? Ten? 50?

I counted up to 300 and I'd only got to the Initial "H"
https://secure.creditgate.com/search/search.aspx?Page=12&SS=&CT=OD&ST=DR&DS=qureshi&DF=&DT=&DC=&DP=

Sounds like big business.....
 
#14
Sven said:
brettarider said:
Sven said:
PartTimePongo said:
Does Crystal Meth make a really big bang when you get it wrong?
No, but a rival drug dealer might make You go bang if You get that wrong :D
Just like your aspiring political career then
My, full of spite aren't You :roll:

As opposed to full of votes. :roll:


Looking at the damage, the vehicle in front appears to be pretty intact. Doesnt even appear to have broken windows. The explosion didnt appear to be that large despite the houses falling down. Surely if HE was used, it would have trashed the local area a bit more.
 
#15
Sven said:
PartTimePongo said:
Does Crystal Meth make a really big bang when you get it wrong?
No, but a rival drug dealer might make You go bang if You get that wrong :D
Yes it can, the chemicals involved are highly dangerous.

Living next to a crystal meth is considered more dangerous than using it.
 
#16
Considering the good state that the cars are in, one can only assume the houses were made of compressed cardboard and MDF. F*ck buying a house in Harrow, methinks.
 
#19
Flying Felix said:
Sven said:
PartTimePongo said:
Does Crystal Meth make a really big bang when you get it wrong?
No, but a rival drug dealer might make You go bang if You get that wrong :D
Yes it can, the chemicals involved are highly dangerous.

Living next to a crystal meth is considered more dangerous than using it.
When police raids are conducted on meth labs, full NBC suits are usually worn.

Looks like some sort of structural collapse. Or .... home brewing/distillery gone wrong.

PS: See steam explosion in NYC last year http://gothamist.com/2007/07/18/explosion_in_vi.php
 
#20
EX_STAB said:
rebel_with_a_cause said:
Local to me too and I suspect that there is much more to this one. Media coverage has been much more low key than one would normally expect.
Note that the man who was killed was one Emad Qureshi, described as a businessman.

Now it strikes me that Qureshi isn't a very common name in the UK. Beyond that if you consider how many people in any population are Company directors, how many Company Directors would you think there are in the UK with the name Qureshi?

Five? Ten? 50?

I counted up to 300 and I'd only got to the Initial "H"
https://secure.creditgate.com/search/search.aspx?Page=12&SS=&CT=OD&ST=DR&DS=qureshi&DF=&DT=&DC=&DP=

Sounds like big business.....
It's a pretty common Pakistani name.
 

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