‘Keep hands off fatal firecrackers’

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Friday, December 28, 2012


WITH the New Year just days away, police authorities have prohibited seven firecrackers that are considered potentially fatal.

Firearms and Explosives Section Chief Rex Derilo of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 identified the firecrackers as the gangnam bomb, goodbye Philippines, super lolo, super thunder, picolo, pla-pla and pacman.

All imported and unlabeled firecrackers in the market are also prohibited.

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Also not allowed are firecrackers that have more than one-third teaspoon of explosive content and fuse with burning time of three to six seconds.

As of Dec. 26, at least 411 retailers were granted a permit by the PRO 7.

Local government units, along with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), have reportedly designated firecracker zones where retailers can display their products.

Firecracker zones

Each store has a limit of 25 kilograms or not more than P15,000 worth of products per transaction.

Firecrackers that are allowed include the baby rocket, bawang, pulling of string, paper caps, el diablo, judas’ belt and skyrocket (kwitis).

Among the authorized pyrotechnic devices are sparklers, luces, fountain, jumbo regular and special, mabuhay, roman candle, trompillo, airwolf, whistle device, and butterfly.

During this year's Christmas celebration, only 16 firecracker-related incidents were recorded in Central Visayas.

Derilo, during the interview, said injuries recorded this year are fewer by 33 percent compared to the same period last year.

Confiscated

Meanwhile, about P30,000 worth of firecrackers were confiscated by the Cebu Provincial Police Office Provincial Intelligence Branch in separate operations.

Last Sunday, firecrackers displayed along the road in Barangay Poblacion II, Carcar City and Baranga Ibo, Toledo City were seized by police.

Despite having permits, the products were not displayed in a designated firecracker zone.

Last Wednesday, operatives of PIB also raided stalls in Barangay Cansaga, Consolacion and Barangay Tayud, Liloan.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 28, 2012.

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