Security Incident At Woodleigh MRT Over Baking Flour
It all started when the SBS Transit Twitter account tweeted on Tuesday (April 18) afternoon that Woodleigh MRT Station had been closed due to a “security incident”.
It did not elaborate on what the security incident was, so of course people assumed the worst.
NE11 Woodleigh Stn is closed due to a security incident. Free bus rides are available at bus stops btwn Serangoon & Potong Pasir Stns
— SBS Transit (@SBSTransit_Ltd) April 18, 2017
Trains skipped the station as the incident was ongoing.
Even Potong Pasir MP Sitoh Yih Pin went down to the scene to share in the fun:
The folks at Shin Min Daily News were on the scene quickly and posted a “live” video. Check it out here:
The Straits Times reported on their Twitter account that a “suspicious substance” was found at the MRT station.
JUST IN: A “suspicious substance” has been found at Woodleigh MRT station; police and SCDF officers are managing the incident
— The Straits Times (@STcom) April 18, 2017
The police also confirmed on Facebook that a suspicious substance was found at the station. They advised the public to avoid the area and not to speculate on the incident.
In a later post, they said that Hazmat officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were on the scene.
“Hazmat” refers to hazardous materials and items.
After awhile, the police posted an update, saying that the suspicious substance was actually baking flour.
The station reopened at 4.20pm.
Someone’s groceries must have sprang a leak, as Channel NewsAsia reported the assistant station manager as saying that the white powder was found at three to four places at the station’s concourse area.
Here’s a photo of the baking flour:
Earlier this month, Hougang MRT Station was closed temporarily after an unattended bag was found there.
It was reopened again after about 1.5 hours without incident. The police arrested a 39-year-old man over the incident.
Well, thank goodness the Woodleigh station incident was a false alarm just like the Hougang incident.