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Playing with sparklers? Be responsible, say the police

The police have reminded the public to exercise safety when using sparklers in the lead-up to the Hari Raya celebrations.

SINGAPORE: The police have issued an advisory on the safe use of sparklers in the lead-up to the Hari Raya Puasa celebrations.

“While the importation and sale of some types of sparklers are legal in Singapore, the use of sparklers should be done in a responsible manner according to the safety guidelines prescribed by the manufacturer,” said the advisory to members of the public, issued on Tuesday (July 22).

The police also reminded the public that it takes a serious view of persons setting off improvised explosive devices constructed using sparklers. “Such improvised explosive devices are a potential fire hazard, and causes noise pollution and undue alarm to the public. The blast effect from the explosion can also cause injury to persons and damage to property," the police said.

Offenders may be prosecuted in court for either negligent conduct with respect to any fire or combustible matter or negligent conduct with respect to any explosive substance. If convicted of either offence, offenders can be jailed up to one year or fined up to S$5,000, or both.

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