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Man charged with unlawful use of explosive substance

Man charged with unlawful use of explosive substance

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SINGAPORE: A 54-year-old man was charged in court on Wednesday (Aug 18) for his suspected involvement in the unlawful use of an explosive substance.

Police said in a news release that they were alerted to a suspicious item in a residential unit at Anchorvale Link on Aug 14.

Officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division established the identity of the man who had allegedly thrown the item and arrested him on Aug 16.

Preliminary investigations revealed that he had allegedly flicked an improvised explosive device out from his window. The device was constructed using material from the heads of matches and tape.

It landed in the unit of a neighbour living a few floors down. The neighbour called the police after hearing what sounded like "a small explosion", seeing smoke and black residue around the item, and smelling a pungent odour, said the police.

There was no damage to property or hurt caused.

The man was charged under Section 4 of the Corrosive and Explosive Substance and Offensive Weapons Act.

Police say they take a serious view of such incidents.

"Such items are a potential fire hazard. They may also cause serious injury and damage to property," they added. 

Source: CNA/gr(ac)


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