Some Sengkang residents have complained of a strong acrid smell and smoke that permeated several areas in Singapore on Monday (Sep 25).
Several readers wrote in to The Straits Times from as early as 4pm on Monday afternoon to say they smelled a “burning”, “chemical”, or “petrol” smell.
Readers from various areas including Sengkang, Seletar, Yishun, and in other areas like Ang Mo Kio and Bishan, wrote in to ask about the smell, which one described as “choking”.
SCDF, NEA investigating 'strong burning smell' in north-eastern Singapore
The view from Buangkok Crescent. (Photo: Angela Marie Oehlers)
Residents in Sengkang, Hougang, Buangkok, Bishan & Ang Mo Kio have complained of a strong burning smell that started on Monday afternoon (Sep 25), prompting an investigation by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) & National Environment Agency (NEA).
Despite the smell, SCDF said in a tweet at about 10pm that no toxic industrial chemicals were detected.
It earlier said that it has been receiving calls on the smell of gas or burning in the north-eastern part of Singapore.
Caught a whiff of a 'gas-like' odour? Don't worry, say SCDF and NEA
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has assured citizens that there has been no presence of "Toxic Industrial Chemicals in the air" in the North-Eastern part of Singapore, following calls about the smell of gas or burning material there.
Complaints about the foul odour appeared on the online forums such as Reddit & Hardware Zone at about 5pm. Many netizens said that the smell appeared to be largely confined to the North-Eastern parts of Singapore in areas like Sengkang, Hougang, Buangkok & Ang Mo Kio.
SCDF said it has deployed its "resources to investigate" and found nothing amiss, & is closely monitoring the situation together with the National Environment Agency (NEA).