KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ A rash of incidents of trash and other objects being thrown from Kuala Lumpur high-rises has claimed its first casualty _ a man killed by a brick that fell from a 15th-floor apartment.

Mohamad Khairuddin Osman, 27, was hit in the head Thursday while he was walking to work, Assistant Police Commissioner John Chong told the Malay Mail newspaper.

Police are trying to find out whether the brick was thrown or fell accidentally, the newspaper said.

The rain of objects from downtown Kuala Lumpur buildings, including a bicycle and small appliances, has gotten so bad over the past few months that police with binoculars are on patrol to catch violators.

The mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Kamaruzzaman Shariff, said he hoped the incident ``will serve as a lesson to the residents not to throw rubbish indiscriminately.''