Forty rubbish bins located at Fa Hui Park on Boundary Street near Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po were set on fire on Friday morning.

At 7:12am, an employee from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which oversees the park, found that multiple bins outside the staff room were ablaze. The employee called the police, Oriental Daily reported.

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Rubbish bins in Fa Hui Park set on fire.

The Fire Department sent eight fire engines and an ambulance, and put out the fire in 17 minutes. A total of 40 rubbish bins were destroyed; no one was injured in the incident.

The police and firefighters found traces of thinner and two locations where the fire appeared to have originated. The case was found to be suspicious and has been listed as arson. It was handed over to Sham Shui Po Police’s criminal investigation team.

At around 8pm on Thursday evening, a rubbish bin in Yau Ma Tei was also set on fire, Ming Pao reported. A loud bang was heard at the junction of Shanghai Street and Saigon Street and smoke was seen.

Four LPG aerosol cans were found at the scene. The incident was also listed as suspicious and the police are investigating whether the incidents are connected to the protests on Monday, as the location was near where the unrest took place.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.