Police investigating case of fireworks set off in Ang Mo Kio, remind public it is an offence

Police officers at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 investigating a case where fireworks were discharged.
Police officers at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 investigating a case where fireworks were discharged.PHOTO: ST READER

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating a case where fireworks were discharged at a Housing Board block in Ang Mo Kio on Deepavali (Oct 18).

A photo sent in by a reader of The Straits Times shows police officers at the scene.

The police told ST that they were alerted to the case at Block 307C, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, at 10.27pm on Wednesday.

"No injuries were reported," said the spokesman.

He added that the police would like to remind the public that anyone caught discharging fireworks may be prosecuted in court of an offence of discharge of dangerous fireworks.

If found guilty, the offender can be fined between $2,000 and $10,000 and/or jailed up to two years.

Police investigations are ongoing.

 

The use of fireworks in Singapore was first regulated in 1968, when rocket-type fireworks were banned after they were found 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, which had stricter penalties.