Man, 55, receives stern warning from police for flying drone near National Stadium

Fireworks going off during the 28th SEA Games closing ceremony.
Fireworks going off during the 28th SEA Games closing ceremony. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - Police investigated a 55-year-old man for flying a drone near the National Stadium in order to take photos of the fireworks at the 28th South East Asian Games Closing Ceremony.

The man was caught operating the unmanned aircraft without a permit in Kallang Riverside Parkclose to 9pm on Tuesday.

Following police investigations, he received a stern warning two days later.

Flying a drone in a designated Special Event Area such as the National Stadium is an offence under the Public Order Act.

The man could have been fined up to $20,000, jailed up to 12 months, or both.

A police statement said: "Flying an unmanned aircraft without the appropriate permit may pose a threat to public safety and security especially in areas where there are large crowds.

"Flying an unmanned aircraft near a fireworks area is especially dangerous and can cause severe harm to the members of public who are watching the fireworks."