'Suspicious substance' at Woodleigh MRT was baking flour: SCDF

Woodleigh MRT station seen after services were resumed at 4.20pm on 18 April 2017. (PHOTO: Wan Ting Kon / Yahoo Newsroom)

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has confirmed that the “suspicious substance” found at Woodleigh MRT station on Tuesday (18 April) afternoon was actually baking flour, said the Singapore Police Force in a Facebook post.

Services at the station, which had been temporarily closed for around three hours, were resumed at 4.20pm, added the SPF.

Speaking to the media inside the station, Potong Pasir MP Sitoh Yih Pin said, “Thankfully everything is OK… Much as we hope nothing untoward will happen, we must always be prepared in case something does happen.”

The SPF said it had been alerted to the discovery of a “suspicious substance” at the station at 1pm, which led to the station being temporarily closed. SCDF officers in hazardous materials (HazMat) suits were also called to the scene to investigate the situation.

In response to the closure, SBS Transit – which manages the North East Line station – offered free bus rides between Serangoon and Potong Pasir stations. These have since been ceased.