Friday July 20, 2018

3 injured despite Zamboanga City's firecracker ban

THREE people, including a nine-year-old child, were injured in separate firecracker explosion despite the implementation Zamboanga City's Firecracker Ban Ordinance.

Two of the three victims have sought medication in two private hospitals while the third one at the government-owned medical facility.

Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) chief, said one of the two victims is a 29-year-old male who sought medication at a private hospital.

Apolinario said the victim was injured from a flare pyrotechnic.

Apolinario said no information was gathered on the second victim who refused treatment at a private hospital.

Dr. John Paul Cuevas, a medical officer of the government-owned Zamboanga City Medical Center, said the nine-year-old child was injured by a piccolo firecracker.

Cuevas said the child was slightly injured by shards since the latter lighted the piccolo and placed it inside a bottle.

Apolinario said legal actions will be initiated against the violators of the firecracker ban ordinance.

“We looking into that possibility as the law is the law, harsh it may seem, still it has to be implemented,” he said.