The Department of Health (DOH) has now monitored 173 cases of firecracker-related injuries
reported across the country.
The health department said 83, or 40 percent, of these injuries are attributed to “piccolo.”
“Kwitis,” “boga,” and the whistle bomb account for 15 injuries each, while the “trianggulo”
(triangle) has injured seven.
At least 20 people had suffered from blast burns, while 13 cases required amputations. Four
cases of firecracker ingestion and six incidents of stray bullets were also reported.
The National Capital Region holds the highest number of victims with 68 coming from Metro
The DOH on Tuesday reiterated its warning to the public on use of firecrackers to welcome
the New Year.
The health agency released in December 22 a list of banned firecrackers, which
include “piccolo”, “pla-pla”, five-star, atomic bomb, “triangulo”, “Super Lolo”, Boga,
and “Watusi”. These fireworks are commonly accessible to children.
The DOH had also urged parents to let their children use tin cans, drums, and trumpets to
make noise since these are safe compared to firecrackers. (PIA/DOH)