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Illegal firecrackers, cause of 42 injury cases in R02

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – Even with the ban on firecrackers like ‘kwitis’, ‘piccolo’ and ‘boga’ that was supposedly enforced by the Philippine National Police, a report by Department of Health Regioin 2 shows that these ‘crackers were the main cause for the injuries this holiday season.

In its latest surveillance, 13 out of 42 fireworks-related injuries recorded in the region this holiday season is from a banned firecracker called ‘kwitis’ according to the report released by Health Education and Promotion Unit

There are 42 cases of fireworks-related injury from December 21, 2019 to January 2 which escalated 40% higher from last year’s 30 cases.

Last December 26, the Police Regional Office 2 (PRO2) disposed several illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices seized from different towns in the region by soaking them in water.

In a report by PRO2, the illegal firecrackers seized were identified as Piccolo One Star, Happy Balls, Luces, Higad, Pill Box and Judas Belt and was estimated to be at least Php8,300 worth,  but with no ‘kwitis’.

Out of the 42 fireworks related injuries, 13 was caused by ‘kwitis’, two each by ‘piccolo’ and ‘boga’, while the other firecrackers were ‘luces’ with 11 injuries, three each from ‘dragon’ and ‘fountain’, ‘whistle bomb’ with two, ‘triangle’ and ‘pop-pop’ with one and three for unlabeled and unknown firecrackers.

No firecracker ingestion and stray bullet injury cases were recorded.

Cagayan has recorded the most number of injuries with 14, Tuguegarao City with nine, Santiago City with eight, Nueva Vizcaya with four, Isabela with three, Cauayan City with two, and Ilagan City with only one.

No cases were recorded in Batanes, and Quirino.

According to the report, majority of the cases were males, with age ranging from 4-81 years old and the most affected age group was 21-24.

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