Balloon explosion caused by lighter used to remove fastener

PUTRAJAYA: The hydrogen balloon explosion that left 16 people injured was caused by a lighter that was used to cut a rope fastener.

Putrajaya OCPD Asst Comm Rosly Hasan confirmed the cause when contacted on Saturday (Oct 12).

"The cause of the explosion was due to a parent who tried to cut the fastener of the hydrogen balloon with a lighter. The preliminary investigation showed that there was no criminal element to the incident," he said.

The Saturday incident at Dataran Putrajaya occurred during a National Sports Day programme organised by the Education Ministry.

It was reported that 16 people were injured, including students that attended the event.

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