Police crack down on shops making and selling illegal firecrackers

Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima has ordered a nationwide crackdown on illegally-manufactured firecrackers to reduce injuries and deaths during the holiday season.

Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima has ordered a nationwide crackdown on illegally-manufactured firecrackers to reduce injuries and deaths during the holiday season.

 

Aaron Recuenco of the Manila Bulletin reports Purisima has ordered police commanders nationwide to conduct raids on shops making and selling firecrackers that are not up to government safety standards. "We are very concerned of the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic materials and that is why are joining forces with the Department of Health in reducing firecracker-related injuries," Purisima said.

 

The country’s top cop led an inspection of factories and stalls in Bulacan province, which is considered the country’s biggest source of firecrackers and fireworks.

 

According to the report, the PNP’s Firearms and Explosives Office has only given permits to 57 firecracker manufacturers and 264 dealers. The office also has 331 pending applications for permits to sell firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials.

 

Purisima warned police commanders that "if there exist illegally-manufactured firecrackers and pyrotechnic materials in their respective areas and it is the other police units which conducted the raids, mananagot sila sa akin."

 

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