Police grant 12yo cancer patient's wish to 'blow stuff up'

Declan's explosion (AFP/Facebook)
Declan's explosion (AFP/Facebook)

A 12-year-old Australian boy with cancer has had his wish fulfilled by the police - to "blow stuff up" with explosives.

"Over the weekend, our #AFPFamily banded together to help Make-A-Wish Australia grant the wish of a very special boy, Declan," the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said on Facebook.

"Declan is 12 years old and has leukaemia. His wish? To 'blow stuff up!' Declan is a real 'boy's boy', and after spending so much time in hospital battling his illness he wanted to do something risky and out of his comfort zone."

Declan was picked up by a security motorcade before heading to the AFP's specialist response group HQ in Canberra, where he practised hostage rescue.

This was followed by the best part - detonating explosive charges.

"You don't realise how important these wishes are until you're receiving one," The Independent reported Declan's mother Belinda as saying.

"He wanted to just blow something up, and he did that, which was awesome."