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Alarm system fault triggered Woodlands Checkpoint lockdown

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority says a technical fault in the alarm system caused the 40-minute shutdown of Woodlands Checkpoint on Thursday (Aug 14). Officers found "no incident" after investigating. 

SINGAPORE: The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Friday (Aug 15) said a lockdown at Woodlands Checkpoint the night before was triggered by a technical fault in the alarm system. The alarm went off at 8:30pm on Thursday, and the checkpoint was shuttered as officers investigated the cause. ICA said they found "no incident" and the checkpoint was reopened 40 minutes later.

Pictures on social media show the sudden shutdown caused a massive jam on both sides of the checkpoint, and large crowds of people streaming out.

ICA is apologising for the inconvenience caused. "We seek the understanding and cooperation from travellers as we need to conduct thorough investigations into the cause of the alarm and mitigate the incident quickly. During the lockdown, operations would be ceased temporarily, where appropriate, to ensure that our investigations are carried out smoothly in a non-disruptive manner, without compromising public safety and security," the authority said.