LOOK: PNP’s list of legal and illegal firecrackers

MANILA, Philippines- Are you planning to celebrate the New Year with firecrackers? The Bulacan Philippine National Police (PNP) has released a list of legal firecrackers and pyrotechnics that the public may use for holiday revelry.

PNP’s list of legal and illegal firecrackers
According to a report by GMA News, the PNP will confiscate any product exceeding 0.2 grams or approximately 1.3 of a tablespoon of gun powder in the firecracker. Moreover, the firecrackers’ fuses are required to last not longer than six seconds and not shorter than three seconds.

Super Lolo and Whistlebomb, which are imported and oversized fireworks, are strictly prohibited.

Meanwhile, legal firecrackers include Bawang, Baby Rocket, El Diablo, Pulling of Strings, Kwitis, Paper Caps, Judas Belt, Small Triangulo and other firecrackers with similar amounts of explosive content. Allowed pyrotechnic devices include Fountain, Roman Candle, Luces, Butterfly, Sparklers, Mabuhay, Whistle, Trimpillo and other similar devices.

According to Bulacan PNP Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr., the PNP would be stricter in inspecting firework stalls this year to prevent deaths caused by explosion of firework factories. In addition, the PNP would also carry out the work stoppage order of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for establishments connected with the manufacture and sale of firecrackers.

Caramat emphasized that business establishments selling fireworks must secure certifications from the PNP and the Bureau of Fire Protection and attend a mandatory seminar.

As of November, only 16 out of 35 manufacturers in Bulacan have public safety marks.

President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier expressed his intention to implement a nationwide firecracker ban in 2017. During his stint as the mayor of Davao City, Duterte banned the use of firecrackers in the city.

“At this time, I’d like to put on notice everybody that I am seriously considering making the entire Philippines like Davao. We observe the Christmas time with solemnity,” Duterte said.

However, the President revealed that it would be too late to impose a firecracker ban this year as the industry have already invested for the materials used in producing and distributing firecrackers and pyrotechnic products.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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