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Ubial hopes for fewer firecracker injuries after signing of EO

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the implementing rules and regulations of the executive order need to go through one last round of vetting among stakeholders

SIGNED. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial welcomes the signing of the executive order that limits the use of firecrackers to 'community displays.' Firecrackers photo by Joel Nito/AFP. Ubial file photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.

Duterte limits use of firecrackers to 'community displays'

Jun 21, 2017 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs an executive order that bans private citizens from staging fireworks displays at their homes

Blast at Indian firecracker factory kills 12

Jun 07, 2017 - 9:42 PM

Firefighters spend two hours bringing the major blaze under control in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh state

Mexico fireworks blast kills 14, 11 of them children

May 10, 2017 - 10:03 AM

It comes just 5 months after a similar tragedy killed 42 people in explosions at a fireworks market near Mexico City

AFTERMATH. Aerial view taken from a drone showing the rubble left after a blast occurred at a fireworks warehouse in San Isidro, Chilchotla, Puebla state, Mexico on May 9, 2017. Jose Castañares/AFP

6 dead, 2 missing in Portugal firework factory blast

Apr 05, 2017 - 8:26 PM

Authorities are still probing the cause of the blaze and working to identify the bodies

Many Metro Manila cities 'severely polluted' during early hours of 2017

Jan 04, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Initial reports from the DENR show that 6 Metro Manila cities registered extremely dangerous levels of PM2 5 at the start of the new year

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Duterte weighs firecracker ban impact on 'industries'

Jan 02, 2017 - 8:02 PM

The President weighs considers the welfare that would be for the greater good of all Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says

FIRECRACKER BAN? President Rodrigo Duterte is weighing the impact of a firecracker ban on 'industries and laborers,' Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says. File photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

Ubial: EO on firecracker ban will help deter indiscriminate firing

Jan 01, 2017 - 4:04 PM

DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial also says once President Rodrigo Duterte signs the proposed Executive Order authorities would be able to regulate the use of firecrackers and reduce injuries

INJURED. Doctors and nurses at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Centre in Manila attend to victims of firecrackers during the New Year revelry on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

New Year shooting, firecracker injuries mar PH celebrations

Jan 01, 2017 - 2:49 AM

The victims of New Year shooting include at least one target of riding in tandem assailants

STRAY BULLET. A victim of a stray bullet is wheeled in the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Centre in Manila during the New Year revelry on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH: 141 fireworks-related injuries ahead of the New Year

Dec 31, 2016 - 10:12 AM

A DOH official says the figure is 34 lower than the 214 cases recorded during the same period last year

INJURED. The DOH continues to monitor firecracker-related injuries ahead of the New Year. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How to observe a safe New Year

Dec 30, 2016 - 3:48 PM

The Department of Health suggests ways to prevent firework injuries and stay safe on New Year s Eve

#IwasPaputok count: 2 girls, 1 boy injured

Dec 22, 2016 - 4:07 PM

The youngest victim so far is a 6 year old girl from Ilocos Norte who injured an eye due to an improvised cannon called boga

Mexico probes deadly fireworks blast

Dec 22, 2016 - 7:42 AM

UPDATED Rescue workers are still searching for bodies – or survivors – in the smoldering wreckage of the San Pablito market in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec

NOT A DISPLAY. A massive explosion guts Mexico's biggest fireworks market in Tultepec, on December 20, 2016. Jose Luis Tolentino/AFP

At least 31 dead, 72 hurt in Mexico fireworks market blast

Dec 21, 2016 - 7:55 AM

5th UPDATE The market was packed at the time with customers buying pyrotechnics for traditional end of year festivities

Firefighters work amid the debris left by a huge blast that occurred in a fireworks market in Mexico City on December 20, 2016 killing at least 26 people and injuring 70, according to police. Ronald Schemidt/AFP

DOH drafting EO to limit firecracker use in PH

Oct 12, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial expects President Rodrigo Duterte to sign the executive order before November

2 dead, 24 hurt in Philippine fireworks blaze

Oct 12, 2016 - 1:02 PM

3rd UPDATE The fire sets off a series of explosions at a strip of shops that overturned a truck and badly damaged 3 other vehicles on a major road in Bocaue

Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze that broke out at a fireworks warehouse in Bocaue, Bulacan, October 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

India police file charges over temple fireworks disaster

Apr 11, 2016 - 12:28 PM

UPDATED 6 people are charged with culpable homicide as the death toll rises to 109

RUINS. Onlookers and media stand amidst the debris in the aftermath of the deadly fire explosion that rocked the Hindu Goddess, Puttingal Devi Temple in Paravur, in Kerala on the late evening of April 10, 2016. Manjunath Kiran/AFP

India temple fire kills more than 100 people watching fireworks

Apr 10, 2016 - 10:34 AM

5th UPDATE Thousands are in the Hindu temple in Kerala state where fireworks appear to have landed on an unexploded stash triggering a blast

DOH: 839 injured in New Year revelry

Jan 04, 2016 - 7:02 PM

Most firecracker related injuries are in Metro Manila

INJURED. A Filipino woman (L) waits for medical personnel as a reveler (C) injured from a firework accident rests at a government hospital during the celebration of New Year in Manila, Philippines, January 1, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

At least 458 fireworks-related injuries in 2015 – DOH

Jan 02, 2016 - 1:50 PM

An environmental watchdog also urges the government to declare an all out war against the piccolo the banned firecracker responsible for 78 of the injuries

FIREWORKS OVER FIRECRACKER. Still emphasizing its call for a total ban on firecrackers, the Department of Health wants Filipinos to celebrate the new year in the future by just watching public fireworks display. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

New Year mayhem kills 2, injures hundreds

Jan 01, 2016 - 2:48 PM

The Department of Health has recorded a total of 380 cases of fireworks related injuries and 4 victims of stray bullets

A Filipino woman (L) waits for medical personnel as a reveler (C) injured from a firework accident rests at a government hospital during the celebration of New Year in Manila, Philippines, 01 January 2016. Philippine hospitals braced for more injuries from New Year?s Eve celebrations with hundreds of people already hurt from firecrackers and stray bullets. Filipinos traditionally make noise, including firecrackers, on New Year's Eve in the belief that they drive away the bad luck of the past year and attract good luck in the coming year. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

IN PHOTOS: New Year 2016 around the world

Jan 01, 2016 - 1:58 PM

UPDATED See photos of New Year celebrations in Australia Paris Hong Kong Japan and more

A photo taken on January 1, 2016 shows fireworks over the Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge) during New Year's Eve in Amsterdam. ROBIN UTRECHT / ANP / AFP

DOH: 53% drop in fireworks-related injuries in 2015

Jan 01, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Health officials reiterate their call for a total ban on firecrackers

CASUALTY. There were a total of 384 fireworks-related injuries reported to the DOH headquarters as of 6am, New Year's day. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

WATCH: Manny Pacquiao rings in New Year with fireworks

Dec 31, 2015 - 10:18 PM

But will he be able to deliver fireworks in his third fight with Timothy Bradley?

FIREWORKS. Manny Pacquiao's backyard was looking like a Katy Perry video on New Year's Eve. Screenshot from Pacquiao's Facebook

'Respect your lungs, don’t use fireworks'

Dec 28, 2015 - 11:05 PM

Will Metro Manila welcome 2016 with dangerous levels of air pollution due to fireworks?

TOXIC REVELRY. During the first few hours of the new year, air pollution in Metro Manila skyrockets

9 steps to keep pets trauma-free during New Year revelry

Dec 26, 2015 - 7:38 PM

Our four legged friends particularly cats and dogs suffer in silence as firecrackers and fireworks of varying intensity are ignited says PAWS

Animal rights advocates with their pets join in a campaign calling the public not to use firecrackers during the New Year celebration at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Manila on December 29, 2012. File photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

How Singapore celebrates its National Day

Aug 08, 2015 - 4:00 PM

How did Singapore celebrate its National Day in the past and what does it have in store for its golden founding anniversary?

JUBILEE.   Fireworks go off above an arrangement of 5000 red balloons spelling the number '50' on the Marina   Bay in the Central Business District in Singapore, January 1 2015. Singapore will celebrate its golden  jubilee of 50 years of independence from Malaysia in 2015. Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

8 things to do to ring in the year of the sheep

Jan 30, 2015 - 5:32 PM

2015 is touted as a year of prosperity peace and cooperation Here is a list of things to do to channel these attributes and have a truly happy new year

Christmas and New Year stray bullet incidents reach 61

Jan 04, 2015 - 3:04 PM

In the incidents reported between December 16 2014 and January 4 2015 43 were injured by stray bullets while one was killed the Philippine National Police says

Youth suffer most of PH's 730 fireworks-related injuries

Jan 03, 2015 - 3:26 PM

The Philippines Department of Health says 65 of those who were injured while welcoming the New Year are between 5 and 20 years old

FIRECRACKER INJURIES. A Filipino reveler injured from a firework accident is rushed to a government hospital during celebration of New Year in Manila, Philippines on January 1, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Malacañang ready to work with Congress to regulate firecrackers

Jan 02, 2015 - 10:01 PM

UPDATED The Malacañang is ready to work with Congress in crafting a law addressing the many firecracker related injuries reported annually officials say

 Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

New year fireworks-related injuries now at 593

Jan 02, 2015 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED The number of cases is still lower compared to the tally in the same period last year

MORE VICTIMS. Filipinos injured from a firework accident queue for treatment inside a government hospital in Manila. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

New Year air pollution in NCR 13 times past safe level

Jan 02, 2015 - 11:09 AM

The DENR says initial data covering 4 cities in Metro Manila show that Las Piñas and Marikina registered an over 4 000 increase in air pollution in the first hours of 2015

New Year firework-related injuries drop by 39% – DOH

Jan 01, 2015 - 2:36 PM

The Department of Health reports 351 fireworks related injuries as of January 1 a figure that is expected to rise until January 5

INJURED. A woman injured from a firework accident is rushed to a government hospital during celebration of New Year in Manila. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

DOH makes final plea for firecracker-free New Year's eve

Dec 31, 2014 - 5:25 PM

The Department of Health has recorded 176 fireworks related injuries from December 21 31 including 6 that required amputation

DANGEROUS TRADITION. A man injured by a firecracker receives treatment at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila early on January 1, 2014, after New Year celebrations. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOH: Firework-related injuries reach 162

Dec 30, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Piccolo tops the list of dangerous fireworks already injuring 113 people as of Monday December 29

Local police officers display some confiscated prohibited firecrackers near the rows of pyrotechnic sellers in Bocaue, Bulacan on Monday, December 29. The display serves as a reminder to the public to avoid such firecrackers to avoid untoward incidents during the new year revelry. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino's New Year request: Don't use fireworks

Dec 30, 2014 - 12:31 PM

The last New Year s Eve celebrations in Metro Manila led to air pollution levels 10 times above safe levels

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

8 tips: How to keep your pet safe on New Year's Eve

Dec 30, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Fumes from fireworks and loud noises may cause stress and injury to pet dogs cats and birds

Firecracker-related injuries down so far, but DOH still on alert

Dec 27, 2014 - 5:15 PM

The DOH reports a decrease in fireworks related injuries over Christmas but says any injury is still unacceptable

CAMPAIGN. The Department of Health asks for Filipinos to participate in the campaign against firecrackers. Screen Grab from DOH video / Youtube

Lawmaker lists good, bad firecrackers for New Year

Dec 26, 2014 - 1:05 PM

A fourth of the 1 018 firework related injuries in New Year 2014 involved children playing with the banned Piccolo

NEW YEAR CELEBRATONS: File photo of local fireworks manufacturers

DOH begins campaign against use of firecrackers

Dec 11, 2014 - 7:02 PM

Data from the health department show that the number of fireworks related injuries increased in 2013 and most of the incidents happened in the National Capital Region

NO TO FIRECRACKERS. Government officials encourage the use of alternative noisemakers this coming holiday season. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Final tally: New Year injuries increase to over 1,000

Jan 06, 2014 - 5:59 PM

The DOH says the number of injuries is 9 higher than during the same period last year and 8 higher than the 5 year average

INJURED. The number of New Year-related injuries has gone over the 1,000 mark, said the Department of Health on Monday, January 6. File photo by Leanne Jazul / Rappler

Almost 1,000 injured due to firecrackers

Jan 03, 2014 - 3:42 PM

The DOH says there are more fireworks related injuries this year compared to 2012 possibly due to the longer holiday break

2014 New Year air pollution in Metro Manila is triple last year's

Jan 02, 2014 - 4:59 PM

The amount of harmful particles in Metro Manila air during the first hours of 2014 was 10 times more than than safe levels

TOXIC REVELRY. During the first few hours of the new year, air pollution in Metro Manila skyrockets

Fireworks-related injuries reach 804

Jan 02, 2014 - 10:33 AM

A 16 year old male bystander from Payatas Quezon City loses his left eye due to kwitis

ANNUAL TRADITION. The Department of Health is expected to provide the final tally of fireworks-related injuries during the New Year revelry on January 5. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Learnings punchline 3

Jan 02, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Lessons from the New Year celebrations

#PugadBaboy: Learnings punchline 2

Jan 02, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Lessons from the New Year celebrations

#PugadBaboy: Learnings

Jan 02, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Lessons from the New Year celebrations

Rappler Newscast | January 1, 2014

Jan 01, 2014 - 9:04 PM

Nearly 600 injured by firecrackers during new year celebrations Explosions hit Basilan and Cotabato Thousands march in HK to demand full democracy

Palace backs proposal to ban individual use of fireworks

Jan 01, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Instead only accredited groups should be allowed to purchase fireworks with LGUs identifying safe areas for the display

FIREWORKS BAN. Should individuals be trusted with fireworks or should only accredited groups be able to purchase and handle them?