Blast at family's home

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 June, 2007, 12:00am

What was apparently a dispute over parking spaces in a Sai Kung village turned ugly yesterday when a family was awakened by a blast outside the door of their home.

A businessman, 47, his wife and 22-year-old daughter, and their maid, 33, were awakened by the blast at about 4.10am. When they tried to flee their Luk Mei Tsuen house, they found the attackers had used his car to block the exit. The vehicle caught fire in the blast, which blew off the security gate and blackened the door.

Police said the family had to break their living room window to escape. The daughter and helper were treated for minor cuts at the scene.

The man, who runs a construction material company in the area, doused flames with an extinguisher before emergency crews arrived.

The car was pushed into the walkway outside the house's main entrance, police said. It had been parked in Luk Mei Tsuen Road, about five metres from the house.

'We believe that an LPG cylinder was placed between the house's front door and the car,' police said.

Police believed the cylinder was doused in flammable solvent and set alight. The blast also damaged a fibreglass canopy and a flowerbed's concrete base. Government chemists seized the shattered cylinder.

Police are investigating whether recent disputes between the businessman and other villagers are linked to the attack. They said there had been numerous rows about parking spaces.