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Duterte to order ban on firecrackers

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Previously, President Rodrigo Duterte had issued an executive order limiting the use of fireworks to community displays

PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde inspects confiscated prohibited firecrackers after inspecting stalls in Bocaue, Bulacan on December 28, 2018.  Photo by Ben Nabong

34% drop in firecracker-related injuries for New Year 2019

Jan 08, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Health closes its surveillance of firecracker-related injuries with no reports of deaths and stray bullet injuries

FIREWORK INJURY. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New Year's Eve. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOH: Firecracker-related injuries climb to 288

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The Department of Health says the 288 cases are 43% lower compared to the same period in 2018

INJURED. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New years eve on 01 January 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Drinking sprees more hazardous than fireworks in Baguio

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:33 PM

No one was hurt by firecrackers in Baguio City during the New Year's Eve revelry, but two died and two were stabbed in drinking sprees greeting 2019

DOH: Firecracker-related injuries rises to 236 after New Year's Day

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:02 PM

An additional 98 people were injured during New Year celebrations

NEW YEAR INJURY. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New years eve on  January 1, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Baguio records zero firecracker injuries on New Year's Eve

Jan 01, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Baguio City Police also tallied zero injuries from indiscriminate firing during the year-end revelry

80% drop in firecracker-related injuries vs 5-year average

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III attributes the big drop in cases to heavy rains caused by Usman and the continued implementation of the executive order banning residential and personal use of fireworks

FIREWROKS INJURY. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New years eve on 01 January 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOH tallies 46 injured by fireworks as of December 30

Dec 30, 2018 - 11:42 AM

(UPDATED) Three more people are injured due to firecrackers with one of them sustaining eye injuries

INSPECTION. In this file photo, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III examines medical tools to be used at the Jose R Reyes Memorial Medical Center to treat firecracker-related injuries. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOH: Fireworks-related injuries rises to 43 as of December 29

Dec 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

According to the Department of Health, the current fireworks-related injury count recorded from December 21 to 29 is 51% lower compared to last year

NEW YEAR'S EVE INJURY. Doctors and nurses at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila attend to a victim of firecrackers during the New Year's Eve revelry on January 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH: 40 fireworks-related injuries since December 21

Dec 28, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The Department of Health says 4 of those injured had to undergo amputation

WOUNDED. File photo of one of the injured in a government hospital during the 2017 yearend revelry. Photo by Angie de Silva

Duterte orders stricter regulation of fireworks

Oct 31, 2018 - 5:58 PM

The President's Memorandum Order 31 also suspends the issuance of new licenses and permits, pending the review of compliance by current permit holders

FIRECRACKERS RESTRICTION. In December 2017, President Duterte also signed Executive Order 28, which confines the use of pyrotechnics to community fireworks displays under the supervision of a trained person licensed by the Philippine National Police to lessen the risk of injuries. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte wants law banning fireworks

Jan 09, 2018 - 12:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants Congress to pass a law banning fireworks, after the government reports lower fireworks-related injuries on the first year of implementing his Executive Order 28

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 21st Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

27% drop in firecracker-related injuries for New Year 2018 – DOH

Jan 08, 2018 - 3:20 PM

There are also no reported deaths, no cases of firecracker ingestion, and no stray bullet injuries from December 21, 2017 to January 5, 2018

Erich Romano Tumpalan 12 years old, undergone medical treatment at the East Avenue Medical Center emergency room after hit by firecracker (Plapla) at Barangay Batasan in Quezon City on Monday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The week in photos: December 30, 2017-January 5, 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 2:51 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People visit the Harbin Ice and Snow World, part of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin in China's northeast Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2018.The festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, officially opens on January 5. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER

#PugadBaboy: Popping Corks as Fireworks

Jan 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Follow firecracker law to avoid injuries, says Malacañang

Dec 30, 2017 - 6:13 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also reminds the public to cooperate with the Philippine National Police

INJURED. The DOH continues to monitor firecracker-related injuries ahead of the New Year in 2014. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#FridayFeels: Choose your paputok

Dec 29, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Mga bawal na paputok: Watusi, Judas Belt, Goodbye Philippines, Putok Batok.

Locations of firecracker zones in Metro Manila for New Year's Eve

Dec 27, 2017 - 10:31 AM

(UPDATED) A complete ban on firecrackers is imposed in Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasig, and Pateros

NEW YEAR PREPS. Firecrackers and luces workers load a powder or polvora inside luces shells at a fireworks factory in Bocaue, Bulacan on December 26, 2107. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Fireworks’ review: more coming-of-age than romance

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:33 PM

'Fireworks' isn’t perfect entertainment but it has its obvious charms

#PugadBaboy: Putokers

Nov 13, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Indonesia fireworks factory fire leaves 23 dead, dozens injured

Oct 26, 2017 - 5:32 PM

A firefighter on the scene says the victims had been burned beyond recognition

RAZED. Indonesian forensic policemen work after a fire disaster in Tangerang Kota, Banten province on October 26, 2017. Photo by Demy Sanjaya/AFP

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

File photo from Shutterstock

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