Use sparklers safely, says police

The public should use sparklers safely and responsibly, the police said in a statement today.

Although sparklers can be sold in Singapore legally, they should be used according to the safety guidelines provided by the manufacturer.

Since early August, the police have received several reports from members of the public of explosions heard. When they arrived at the scene, the police found remains of improvised sparkler devices. The police have reason to believe sparklers were used to set off the improvised explosive devices.

Such improvised explosive devices are potential fire hazards, and may cause noise pollution and alarm to the public, the police warned.

The blast effect from the explosion can also cause physical injuries or damage to property.

Anyone caught setting off improvised explosive devices can be charged with negligent conduct relating to fire or combustible matter or negligent conduct relating to explosive substances.

If found guilty, the offender can be imprisoned up to one year or fined up to $5,000, or both.

paullim@sph.com.sg