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Firecracker injuries grew by 9%; review of local ban sought

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A man waits for his drug prescription after being treated for his hand injury following the raucous celebration to welcome the New Year Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. AP/Bullit Marquez

The total number of injuries caused by firecrackers from Dec. 21, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014 grew by nine percent from the 2012 Christmas to 2013 New Year period, prompting health officials to renew their calls to review the current laws on the use and sale of firecrackers and other explosives.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Number of New Year revelry casualties tops 1,000 mark

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A boy injured by a firecracker weeps at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila early on January 1, 2014, after New Year's celebrations. AFP/NOEL CELIS

Almost a week after the New Year revelry, the Department of Health has already counted 1,018 injuries.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Only buying public can end ‘piccolo’ menace, says PNP

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Remember the “watusi?”

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Go ahead, ban firecrackers

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The Philippine government is debating whether to ban the use of firecrackers during the Christmas season especially as we usher in the new year with an increasing number of firecracker blast victims.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

’Cracker victim ‘brain dead’

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A boy is brain dead while his friend has lost his hands and an eye after the firecrackers they thought were duds suddenly blew up in their faces in Quezon City last week.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Firecracker-related injuries higher in 2014–DOH

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A boy injured by a firecracker weeps at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila early on January 1, 2014, after New Year's celebrations. AFP/NOEL CELIS

Compared to last year, cases of revelry-related injuries are higher by five-percent in 2014 as the latest count shot up to 962 on Saturday, a health official said.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Dud’ firecrackers kill QC boy

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A boy injured by a firecracker weeps at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila early on January 1, 2014, after New Year's celebrations. AFP/NOEL CELIS

The senseless loss of life and limb continues long after the Big Bang. An 11-year-old boy was killed while his playmate lost both hands and injured an eye after setting a pile of “dud” firecrackers on fire in Quezon City two days after the New Year’s Eve revelry, police said.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cities that fail to curb firecracker use may face fines

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Environment Secretary Ramon Paje

Following the discovery that fireworks that welcomed the New Year worsened air pollution nearly 10 times the healthy level in Metro Manila, environment officials are now thinking of imposing penalties on cities unable to regulate its use.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Confiscated firecrackers destroyed

ABOUT P40,000 worth of firecrackers seized from sidewalk vendors at Carbon Market and downtown were destroyed yesterday.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in CDN - Metro,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Firecracker injuries hit 933 cases

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A father rushes his daughter to a hospital after being hit with a stray bullet following the raucous celebration to welcome the New Year Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, in Manila. The sheer recalcitrance of traders, among others, contributed to the shocking rise in the number of fireworks-related New Year’s Eve injuries this year, which reached 933 cases on Friday, health authorities said.  AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

The sheer recalcitrance of traders, the stubbornness of revelers, the authorities’ preoccupation with the tragic aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” even the notorious corruption at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Law banning ’crackers seen boost to smuggling

THE CAMPAIGN against firecrackers has no effect on the village of Pogo in Dagupan City where residents light firecrackers to celebrate the New Year at noon of Jan. 1.  WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

As expected, the industry that profits from fireworks and firecrackers has objected to a government plan to ban their sale and use.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

44 nabbed in Davao for violating firecracker ban

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Forty-four people, 25 of them minors, have been taken into police custody here for violating the city’s 12-year-old firecracker ban.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DENR eyes fines for air pollution

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Following the discovery that the New Year fireworks worsened air pollution in Metro Manila nearly 10 times the tolerable level, environment officials are now considering imposing penalties on cities that fail to regulate firecracker use.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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