The police are looking for a man suspected of being connected with a case of arson, in which a rubbish bin burst into flames outside the High Court on Queensway in Admiralty shortly after midnight on Thursday.

Firemen burnt rubbish bin
Firemen called to extinguished the flames.

The bin was located on a pedestrian bridge outside the High Court Library leading to the Lippo Centre.

The man was seen lingering around the rubbish bin when the police inspected the CCTV footage, according to Apple Daily. He had a backpack and was dressed in black clothing.

Firemen who were called in to extinguish the fire transferred the case to the police after concluding that the origins of the fire were suspicious. The police are treating the incident as arson.

Police burnt rubbish bin
Police taking away remnants as evidence.

According to RTHK, the remnants of the bin were taken away on Thursday morning. Pillars nearby were charred from the flames, but nobody was hurt in the incident, according to DBC.

There have been several cases of rubbish bin burning recently. On February 13, 40 rubbish bins were set on fire at Fa Hui Park on Boundary Street near Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po. A rubbish bin outside the Legislative Council was also set on fire on December 9 last year.

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.