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Ex-soldier made ‘light bulb’ bomb

Date published: 15 April 2014

A FORMER soldier who served in Iraq has been given a suspended prison sentence after making a bomb.

Father-of-four Edward Smith (29) had been intrigued by a TV programme and scoured the Internet for instructions. He made a “light bulb” bomb by carefully drilling a hole in a bulb and filling it with pyrotechnic powder from fireworks.

The doctored bulb was found at his Royton address by his former partner’s father, after Smith moved out when the relationship ended.

The father was so concerned he contacted police who sent the bulb and a bottle of black powder for analysis.

Manchester Crown Court was told attempts were made to light the bomb. Nicoletta Amatino, prosecuting, said it appeared the bulb had been damaged during the drilling.

Smith, of Cheltenham Road, Oldham, accepted making the device. Mark Fireman, defending, said his client had hoped to create a noiseless firework for his children, one of whom had been afraid of loud bangs.

“This was a rather foolish enterprise on his part, though his only intention had been to create a colourful spectacle,” said Mr Fireman.

Smith, who pleaded guilty to a single charge of possession of an explosive substance, was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.


If this guy was a muslim he'd be in jail for years, subject to control orders and splashed all over the media.

But as he's someone who signed up to kill muslims to control their minerals to generate vast profits for his paymasters... he gets .... Suspended sentence.

British Justice huh?. It's would be nice if there was any.

Wow 'OldhamWatcher' but you're cynical!
You haven't been privy to the Police interviews, nor the court case. You don't know what evidence was accepted by the prosecution and what wasn't.
There was a single charge of possession of an explosive substance, not acts preparatory to terrorism.
He used powder from a firework - you proposing everyone who has broken a firework should be charged as a terrorist?
Intent & motive play a part and there is no evidence he intended to use this device as a bomb.

Thats a very silly comment Oldham watcher for the simple reason this man clearly did not intend to use the device to harm anyone he was just curious, although I don't beleive his ridicolus excuse.
The muslims to which you refer on nearly all occasions have intended to cause harm and murder. This man hasn't really done anything wrong and there is not intent.

spot on oldhamwatcher

This idiot should have got at least 5 years


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