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Tossed garbage hits Metro Line 3

THE city's Metro operator, along with local police, are looking for a person who chucked garbage on a subway line that led to the disruption of services on Metro Line 3 on Monday night.

A large bag of garbage was found beneath a train's pantograph. Metro authorities suspect that it came from one of the high-rises near the elevated route near Zhongshan Park Station.

The garbage struck the pantograph that led to a short-circuit of the power system about 10pm. It caused panic among passengers who heard a "huge sound" and saw sparks.

Passengers claimed that "it sounded like an explosion."

The Metro operator, Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, asked the passengers to leave the carriage and pulled the train out of service.

No one was injured in the incident, Shentong said, but services were affected for nearly 30 minutes.

The Zhongshan Park Station is in downtown Changning District, close to several residential buildings and shopping venues.

It is still unclear who threw the garbage.

According to two pictures released by the operator, the garbage mainly consisted of daily wastes like food and tissues.

It is not the first time that Metro officials have detected such garbage pile on its line. Bags or kites twisted on the grid wires of the elevated line have disrupted services before.

No one was arrested in any of the previous incidents as well.

The problem, common among some high-rise residential communities, is becoming bigger.

"It has been a headache for a long time," said Tu Haiming, who is a member of Shanghai's top advisory body.

"It is a pain that is hanging high above the city's sky."

The junk stuff tossed out of the apartment windows has been labeled as "killer litter."

Without any evidences or proof, residents simply deny they did it.

Tu also said the punishments were relatively light - about 200 yuan (US$32.57) or detention of five to 10 days, which was hardly a deterrent to stop violators.

The penalties in Hong Kong are much severe, Tu said. Violators in Hong Kong face long-term detention of six months and fines as high as 10,000 yuan, he said.

Shanghai's urban management authorities have started to remove illegal houses and construction projects along the elevated Metro lines and high-speed railway lines.


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