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A man who was found with a bomb on a train at Wollongong on the New South Wales south coast has pleaded guilty to carrying an explosive device in public.
Lindsay Harris, 35, was on board the train on Thursday afternoon when police approached him to check his ticket.
Officers believed he was riding the train without paying the required fare.
He was escorted from the train at Wollongong station and officers then searched his bag, discovering a red container labelled 'danger explosives', with a fuse protruding from the top.
When asked about the contents of the red container, police say Harris replied: "It's used to start fires."
The Police Rescue Squad was called in to examine the container and found a number of railway detonators inside.
Police also found a small quantity of the drug methylamphetamine in Harris's bag.
Picked up from a scrapyardIn Wollongong Local Court, Harris pleaded guilty to possessing an explosive in a public place, possessing a prohibited drug, and travelling without a valid ticket.
The magistrate refused bail, describing the offence as "serious".
Court documents reveal Harris found the container of detonators at a scrapyard in Port Kembla, but that once he had made the explosive device, he was too scared to use it.
They also reveal Harris was on bail for an affray charge at the time of his arrest and had failed to report to police since mid-May.
Police have ruled out any link to terrorist activities.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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