澳洲媒體《時代》（The Age），警方疏散附近的店家與居民，封鎖交通，幸好迅速逮捕嫌犯。報導也指出，洗車場距離熱鬧展覽場地「皇家墨爾本秀」（Royal Melbourne Show）只有幾公里遠，當時室內擠滿了學生與民眾。
We're at Racecourse Rd, North Melbourne after a man was located with an unknown device.— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) September 26, 2019
A 25-year-old man has been arrested and Bomb Response Unit officers are conducting a safety check.
Racecourse Rd has been blocked to traffic and trams between Flemington Rd and Boundary Rd. pic.twitter.com/Y38zA0Kkto
CITIZEN’S ARREST: 15 car wash workers have helped arrest a 25yo man who tried to steal a Mercedes. The bomb squad was called in because of a suspicious item found in his backpack - it was an imitation explosives device. @10NewsFirstMelb @10Daily pic.twitter.com/JCJ2hgiiX5— Annie Kearney (@anniemaykearney) September 26, 2019