Dear A.S.S. Editor
The SCDF and NEA has moved to quell Singaporeans fear that the strong burning and chemical smell in the North Eastern part of Singapore yesterday was not caused by by any toxic industrial substances in the air and that air quality during the period had been well within safety limits.
However, while the assurances means that we are not under any toxic air, both agencies failed to address the source of the smell and smoke. From as early as 4pm, people living in northern areas, including Seletar, Yishun and Sengkang, started reporting about the acrid smell and the smoke, which spread to central areas like Bishan and Ang Mo Kio around 6pm and to western areas like Clementi and Bukit Timah around 8pm.
Most of the complains centre around the burning smell, like that of burning chemicals or petrol. The SCDF said at 9.55 pm yesterday that its monitoring teams have not detected the presence of toxic industrial chemicals in the air. In an update at 10.34 pm, the NEA said it had received feed-back from the public about a gas smell in Sengkang and Punggol around 5pm.
It was understood that the fumes are believed to have come from Johor Baru.