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Illegal ‘cracker seller arrested in Bulacan

A 20-YEAR-OLD resident of Bocaue, Bulacan was jailed by the local police for allegedly selling illegal firecrackers to an undercover officer during an entrapment operation last Sunday, Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Lawrence B. Cajipe reported yesterday.

Rhendel Siongco, a jobless resident of Sitio Bihunan in Bgy. Biñang 2, yielded P1,200 worth of banned firecrackers during a buy-bust along McArthur Highway in Bgy. Biñang at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the official said.

Cajipe said recovered during the sting were six pieces of Goodbye Philippines, a pack of pla-pla, three packs of Kabasi and an atomic bomb.

The suspect is facing criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 7183 or An Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, Distribution and Use of Firecrackers and Other Pyrotechnic Devices before a local prosecutor’s office.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Debold M. Sinas earlier ordered all 17 Police Regional Office directors to fully enforce all laws and rules and regulations regarding the manufacture, sale and use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics in the country.

The strict enforcement of the firecracker law will help ensure minimal firecracker-related deaths and injuries as well as deadly fires which have literally greeted the country each time it welcomed the New Year prior to the entry of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Metro Manila, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Major Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr. said they will fully enforce a Metro Manila Council decision to implement a complete ban on the use of firecrackers in the metropolis this year.

Sinas said the NCRPO and the other 16 police regional offices have been instructed to fully enforce Republic Act 7183 or an act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices; Executive Order 28 providing for the regulation and control of the use of firecrackers and other similar devices.

The PNP Firearms and Explosives Office said that under the law, the following firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices are prohibited in the country and are not allowed to be used inside and outside so-called firecracker zones designated by local government units and designated community fireworks display areas.

“Overweight’ or firecrackers with more than 1/3 teaspoon or more than 0.2 gram of net explosive ingredients; ‘Oversized’ like Atomic, Big Triangulo, Super Lolo, Giant Whistle Bomb etc; those with fuse which should not burn less than 3 seconds but not more than 6 seconds; imported or finished products being smuggled in the country; and mixture of Sulphur and/or phosphorous mixed with chlorate.

The use of the following are also strictly prohibited:

Watusi, Piccolo, Pop-Pop, Five-Star, Pla-Plan, Lolo Thunder, Giant Bawang, Giant Whistle Bomb, Atomic Bomb, Atomic Triangle, Large-size Judas Belt, Goodbye De Lima, Hello Columbia, Goodbye Napoles, Super Yolanda, Mother Rocker, Kwiton, Super Lolo, Goodbye Bading, Goodbye Philippines, Bin Laden, Coke-in-Can, Pillbox, Boga and Kabasi.

Only the use of the following firecrackers are allowed inside firecrackers zone and community fireworks display areas only: Baby Rocket, Bawang, El Diablo, Paper Caps, Pulling of Strings, Kwitis or Sky Rocket, Small Triangulo and other firecrackers which are not oversized nor overweight and not imported.

The use of the following however are allowed outside firecrackers zone and designated community fireworks display areas: Buttefly, Fountain, Jumbo Regular and Special, Luces, Mabuhay, Roman Candle, Sparklers, Trompillo, Whistle Device, all kinds of ‘’Pailaw and other types equivalent to the allowed pyrotechnic devices.