On the night of July 12, a Singapore-registered car caught fire on the exit lane of the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) complex. The first of its kind at the CIQ complex at the Sultan Iskander Building, flummoxed authorities at the cause of the explosion.
It is believed that the 24-year-old Singaporean driver was trying to smuggle in 15 cartons of cigarettes in the car’s engine compartment. The driver was unhurt and not arrested as he had yet to cross the border.
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The district police chief of the Johor Baru Selatan district was quoted as saying, “The fire, which started from the engine, was put out in three minutes. The entire car and its engine were damaged. Initial investigations revealed no criminal elements.”
While the exact cause of the fire has yet to be pinpointed, an overheated engine could have potentially caused the cartons of cigarettes to catch fire, causing the explosion.
Written by: Merryl
H/T: The Straits Times