A Bridgetown man has been given a suspended $1000 fine for an explosion he set off in September at the local markets that scared the 50 people in attendance. Phillip Freeman, 66, on Thursday pleaded guilty to making or possessing explosives under suspicious circumstances when he faced Manjimup Magistrate’s Court. He was given a $1000 fine, suspended for six months, which means he will not have to pay the fine if he does not offend during that period. On Sunday, September 22, Freeman set off an explosion from a 30cm long steel cylinder at the markets about 12.30pm. During the reading of the facts in court, police prosecutor Sgt Darren Clifton said just before the incident, Freeman told the person in the market stall next to him “this will be loud”. The explosion could be heard 3km away. The device was driven about 10cm into the ground following the explosion. Freeman said in court he had set off the explosion after no one turned up to an event he advertised. “I had advertised a puppet show to celebrate humanity,” he said. “It was my own disappointment at the lack of ability to set up a show. “The devil got to me that day.” Freeman also said he had originally intended to put confetti in the device and wanted it to be as loud as the fireworks put on during the Bridgetown Show. Magistrate Linda Keane said the incident would have “freaked a lot of people out”. “I need to reflect the seriousness of what happened,” she said. “It can be the case people have an innocent motive, but it can have a huge impact. “The way you went about it probably scared the hell out of people.” An order was made for the device to be destroyed.