The bins were set on fire outside a property in Grimsby, risking the lives of people inside.
A 52-year-old man was arrested by Humberside police following the attack on Hainton Square around Sunday midnight.
A police spokesman said the man was arrested on suspicion of arson which threatened his life.
A report followed that an object had been lit and placed in a bin on the property in Hainton Square, Grimsby between midnight and half past one on Sunday.
A Humberside police spokesman said: “It is assumed that an object was set on fire and placed in a trash can outside the property, which subsequently caused damage to the bins and outside the property, potentially putting people inside. of the building in danger.
“Fortunately, no one was injured in this accident.
“We would like to ask anyone who witnessed the accident to contact us at 101, quoting the crime reference number 16/65602/20. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
A spokesman for the Humberside fire and rescue service said that the crews of Peaks Lane in Grimsby were called to the scene around 5 am, where the damage had been caused by a fire in a bin that spread in a shop sign.