Provide your email for confirmation

Tell us a bit about yourself

country *
province *

why we ask about location

Please provide your email address

Login

To share your thoughts

Don't have an account?

Login with email

Check your inbox

We just sent a link to your inbox. Click the link to continue signing in. Can’t find it? Check your spam & junk mail.

Didn't get a link?

Sign up

Ready to get started

Already have an account?

Sign up with email

By signing up you agree to Rappler’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy

Check your inbox

We just sent a link to your inbox. Click the link to continue registering. Can’t find it? Check your spam & junk mail.

Didn't get a link?

Join Rappler+

How often would you like to pay?

Monthly Subscription

Your payment was interrupted

Exiting the registration flow at this point will mean you will loose your progress

Your payment didn’t go through

Exiting the registration flow at this point will mean you will loose your progress

Which firecrackers are allowed by law?

MANILA, Philippines - As the New Year celebrations draw near, the government cracks down on harmful fireworks as it aims to ensure less injuries and deaths from fireworks.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are set to begin joint inspections of manufacturing sites and warehouses, to make sure there are no stockpiling of pyrotechnics which often lead to accidents and fires.

Local government officials have also been instructed to strictly enforce existing laws which prohibit the sale of dangerous fireworks.

According to the 2012 Fireworks-Related Injury Surveillance, Metro Manila recorded the highest number of firecracker-related injuries. Last year, the Department of Health said the number of firework-related incidents towards the 2013 New Year's eve was the lowest in the past 5 years.

Republic Act 7183, or an Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, and Use of Firecrackers and other Pyrotechnic Devices, controls "the manufacture, sale, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices consistent with, and in furtherance of, public safety, order and national security, as well as the enhancement of the cultural traditions."

Based on the Act, only the following firecrackers are allowed to be sold by accredited manufacturers:

Other types of similar explosive content are also allowed. Of pyrotechnic devices, the accepted ones are:

Any firecrackers or pyrotechnic devices that contain explosive content that "could endanger life and limb," like atomic big triangle and super lolo are prohibited, as well as other types of firecracker with more than 0.2 grams or more 1/3 teaspoon of explosives.

Those found guilty of selling or manufacturing prohibited firecrackers may be fined P20,000-P30,000, imprisoned for 6 months to a year, or both.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas also warned local officials of improvised guns or "boga," a device made of polyvinyl chloride pipe most prominent during the holiday season.

According to a statement released Wednesday, December 18, Roxas asked the provincial government to order logical government units "to take the lead in conducting information campaign against the use of deadly firecrackers within their respective areas of jurisdiction."

He also reminded local officials to ensure the sites where firecrackers are manufactured, displayed or exhibited follow the law.

Under RA 7183 the following must be followed:

- with reports from Natashya Gutierrez/Rappler.com