Man suffers burns and cries in pain after car explosion in Bukit Batok carpark

Submitted by Stomper Clifton, Chris, Joel, Lim, Shihui and Shah Kassim

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Stompers Clifton, Chris, Joel, Lim, Shihui and Shah Kassim alerted Stomp to a car explosion that occurred yesterday (Apr 26) at around 6.20pm in a multi-storey carpark connected to Block 290E along Bukit Batok Street 24, causing a man to suffer burns on his chest and limbs. 

In a video that has been circulating online, taken by Stomper Shah Kassim, the injured man, wearing a tattered black T-shirt, can be seen crying in pain. There are burn marks on his forearms and skin can also be seen peeling off his arms. 

A police spokesperson told Stomp that they were alerted to the incident at 6.28pm yesterday, and a 32-year-old man was conscious when conveyed to Singapore General Hospital.

Portable butane gas canisters were also found at the scene, police said, adding that the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force dispatched an ambulance and a Fire Engine to the scene. 

Stomper Shah Kassim was in his room in Block 290E, the block beside the carpark, when the explosion occurred. He immediately ran to the carpark and live-streamed the incident on Facebook. 

He said:

"The whole building shook from the explosion. I thought a tanker exploded at the nearby petrol station.

"As I made my way to the accident scene, I noticed that there were a few broken light bulbs on the first floor and the door at the back of the postbox had popped open.

"I saw an injured man walk down the carpark ramp on the second level and he sat down. Passersby had called an ambulance and they were asking him about what had happened, but he wasn't responsive.

"He looked dazed and in a state of shock. I wasn't sure if he could even hear their questions, considering how loud the explosion was when I heard it from my room.

"His hair was charred and the left side of his face was badly swollen.

"My car was parked three lots away from the exploded vehicle. All the cars in around a ten lot radius had their windscreens shattered by the explosion.

"The explosion also caused debris to fly all over, and some debris landed on the main road."

In the photos contributed by Stompers, the car appears to be severely damaged. Its windows are shattered and some doors and the boot have been blown off.