SAF suspends training with smoke grenades

Training with smoke grenades has been suspended by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), after the death of a full-time national serviceman (NSF) in April, The Straits Times (ST) reported today.

Private Dominique Sarron Lee Rui Feng, 21, died on April 17 after experiencing breathing difficulties during training at Lim Chu Kang.

Smoke grenades were used in the training session.

According to ST, he had died from an allergic reaction caused by the inhalation of zinc chloride fumes, a chemical found in smoke bombs.

As an inquiry into his death is still on-going, the use of smoke grenades has been suspended until its completion.

Mindef confirmed the suspension with ST on Wednesday but did not say when it started.

Lee, who suffered from mild asthma, used to be a track athlete.

However, he had been declared fit to undergo combat training.

The inquiry is expected to be completed in about a month's time.

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