The police have opened an investigation into a group of men who were found playing a carbide cannon at Jalan Permatang Rawa, Bukit Mertajam.
On Monday (11 April), a video footage of them went viral on social media, with many criticising their action, saying it posed a threat to road users there, especially the elderly, who might be startled upon hearing a loud explosion.
The video footage showed a group of adult men having fun playing with a carbide cannon made of PVC pipe in front of a row of shophouses.
The cannon was also aimed towards a road which was used by many vehicles, disregarding public safety.
According to a report by The Star, Seberang Prai Tengah police chief Assistant Commissioner Shafee Abd Samad said the police detected a video footage of a group of adult men playing with a carbide cannon, which went viral on social media site Twitter.
“We are conducting further investigations into the video footage, including tracing some of the men involved in the video,” he said.
“Initial investigations revealed that the incident was believed to have happened at Jalan Permatang Rawa in Bukit Mertajam.” he added.
Meanwhile, Shafee also advised the public against playing with carbide cannon in conjunction with the forthcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration as it was an offence under Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957.
He added that those convicted can face a maximum of 7 years in jail or an RM10,000 fine or both.