3 men arrested for setting off fireworks in Yishun on Deepavali

Three men in their 30s have been arrested for setting off dangerous fireworks at a multi-storey carpark in Yishun, the police said in a statement yesterday.

The men, aged between 30 and 32, had set off the fireworks at the top deck of the carpark at Block 419A, Yishun Avenue 11, at 12.07am on Deepavali, Oct 18.

After extensive investigations, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division identified the three men involved in the incident. Two of them were arrested on Monday, while the third was arrested yesterday.

Investigations are ongoing.

If convicted of the offence of discharge of dangerous fireworks, they can be jailed for up to two years or fined between $2,000 and $10,000, or a combination of both.

In a separate case, a 37-year-old man was arrested last Friday for setting off fireworks also on Deepavali at a Housing Board block in Ang Mo Kio.

The use of fireworks in Singapore was first regulated in 1968, when rocket-type fireworks were banned after they were found to be responsible for a third of the 150 fires that broke out during Chinese New Year that year.

In 1972, this became a total ban with the Dangerous Fireworks Act.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2017, with the headline '3 men arrested for setting off fireworks in Yishun on Deepavali'. Print Edition | Subscribe