COPS NAB FIRECRACKER VENDOR

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – A vendor selling illegal firecrackers was arrested and her goods were confiscated yesterday at the city plaza during a surprise inspection conducted by joint elements of the Bureau of Fire Protection, police and personnel of the Permits and Licensing office here.

Superintendent Julius Suriben, city police chief, identified the vendor as Kristine Robosa, 38, a native of San Fabian, Pangasinan.

Seized from Robosa were 28 boxes of assorted illegal firecrackers such as piccolo which have been repacked and marked as “party packs” to confuse authorities, according to Suriben.

Robosa said that she was not aware about the illegal firecracker because she did not open the box when she purchased it in Pangasinan.

Robosa’s permit to sell will be cancelled and charges will be filed against her for violation of Republic Act 7183, which regulates the
sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

It was not known whether an additional penalty would be imposed on Robosa for selling firecrackers at the plaza which has been designated as firecracker zone.

Mayor Pablo C. Ortega said the city government is strictly enforcing ordinances against the selling of firecrackers. Erwin Beleo and Jun Elias/northboundasia.com