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Indian-origin man in Singapore jailed for unlawfully setting off Diwali fireworks

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

An Indian-origin man in has been jailed for three weeks and fined 5,000 dollars for setting off close to a housing complex during celebrations in the country last year.

Jeevan Arjoon, 29, bought the firecrackers from Little shopping precinct and unlawfully lit them at 3.30 AM as night stunt on November 6, 2018, The New Paper reported on Friday.

The fireworks, shot up to seven-storey, were laud enough to be heard from the neighbouring public housing estate of Yishun.

The display lasted for five minutes. No one was hurt and there was no damage to any property, according to the report.

said the court has to take a strict view of Jeevan's use and possession of fireworks, and sentenced him to three weeks' jail and 5,000 dollars (USD 3,685) on Thursday.

He said the detonation of can cause serious injuries and pose a risk of fire, noting that they were set off close to public housing.

The said that setting off at 3 AM could also cause considerable alarm to the public, particularly in this time of heightened concerns over possible acts of terrorism.

Jeevan, who was unrepresented, said in his mitigation that he was the sole breadwinner of his family and was taking care of his mother-in-law who was diabetic and blind.

The man, who had a record of giving false information to a public servant in 2017, was also convicted of giving false information to a during investigation into the firework incident. He had tried to put the blame on someone else.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 10:05 IST