Flaming cylindrical object thrown into Ang Mo Kio hawker centre, no one injured

SCDF officers at the hawker centre where the object landed. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
The object, which was thrown from outside the centre, was extinguished with a fire extinguisher. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
There were more than 50 police officers at the scene. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
Police investigators examine the cylindrical object. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - An area the size of a football field was cordoned off for six hours in Ang Mo Kio on Tuesday (Sept 26) after a flaming cylindrical object was tossed into a hawker centre, sparking panic.

According to a report in Lianhe Wanbao on Wednesday, there were over 50 police officers at the scene.

The incident took place at Block 226 in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, where Kebun Baru Food Centre is located.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted to the incident at 4.40pm and it sent a fire engine to the scene. The fire was extinguished by two hawkers prior to its arrival.

No one was injured in the case of mischief by fire, according to police. Investigations are ongoing.

The Straits Times understands that no arrests have been made yet.

The object was thrown from 50m outside the hawker centre by an unidentified person, reported Lianhe Wanbao.

Stall vendors were preparing for the dinner crowd, when they head a loud sound. One of them said he saw a ball of light heading towards his stall, and he was frightened and worried that it was going to explode.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, he then used a metal hook from the fruit stall to hit it away.

It started burning after it landed under a table, and had to be extinguished by two hawkers with a fire extinguisher.

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