Police are looking for two male suspects after a rubbish bin outside the Legislative Council building was set on fire, and a minor explosion followed, on Wednesday night.
The incident happened hours after the Legco adjourned its meeting as it did not have a quorum, Ming Pao Daily reported.
The legislators had been scheduled to start the second reading of proposed amendments to the copyright law.
A few people were protesting outside Legco even after concern group Keyboard Frontline called off their scheduled rally and decided to return for the next session on Dec. 16.
At around 8 p.m., more than a dozen people wearing masks rushed out of a public toilet while the fire alarm inside blared.
Then a rubbish bin nearby was set on fire and an explosion happened shortly thereafter. No one was reported hurt.
Legco President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing condemned the incident and urged the police to arrest the offenders.
A van from the Explosives Disposal Unit arrived and the area was locked down for investigation.
Police said they were looking for two men who might be involved in the fire and explosion. They vowed to conduct a more thorough inspection of the Legco premises before its meeting next week.
Chief Inspector Chan Chung-kuen of the Hong Kong Island Regional Crime Unit said they received a report from the Legco secretariat about a fire and an explosion at a rubbish bin in the Legco demonstration area at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Two masked men were seen walking to a rubbish bin and throwing burning objects into it to set it on fire, and an explosion followed.
The suspects were described as having a thin build and estimated to be 1.7 meters in height.
Chan said the explosive device was made from a gas canister. He said no violence will be tolerated in any protest or public assembly.
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