PNP issues list of fireworks, products allowed on Christmas season, New Year revelry

MANILA — With the Christmas season just less than a month away, the Bulacan Police Provincial Office (BPPO) on Tuesday released the list of firecrackers/pyrotechnics that can be sold during the Christmas season and the New Year revelry.

Among these are the baby rocket, bawang, el diablo, judas belt, paper caps, pulling of strings, sky rocket (kwitis), small trianggulo and other similar kinds of firecrackers in terms of explosives content.

On the pyrotechnic devices, only allowed are the butterfly, fountain, jumbo regular, luces, roman candle, “mabuhay”, sparklers, trompillo, whistle devices, all kinds of pyrotechnic devices (pailaw), and other types equivalent to these pyrotechnic devices.

The prescribed weight of the explosive content should not exceed 0.2 grams or not more than 1/3 teaspoon.

Anything that will exceed such weight (overweight), is already prohibited.

Likewise prohibited are the oversized firecrackers such as “super lolo” and giant whistlebomb.

The fuse should not burn in less than three seconds but not more than six seconds.

The BPPO also strictly implements the order of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to all factories and sellers of fireworks products in Bulacan not to sell their products yet until they have complied with all the requirements.

These requirements are the certification from the Philippine National Police (PNP), certification from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and mandatory seminar for all employees from the lower rank up to the owner.

Until these requirements are not complied with, the fireworks stores cannot open their business or sell their merchandise.

This is to ensure that the explosion in the fireworks factories in Sta. Maria and Bocaue, Bulacan that killed five people and injured 26 others would not happen again. Perfecto Raymundo/PNA-northboundasia.com