P22K of illegal firecrackers seized in Talisay City

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Fireworks confiscated from Talisay City. | Photo courtesy of Talisay Town Police

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Police in Talisay City have confiscated P22 184 illegal firecrackers ahead of the New Year’s celebration for 2022.

In a statement, Talisay Police said they have carried out a crackdown on sellers of illegal firecrackers and fireworks in accordance with Executive Order No. 51 of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, prohibiting the use and sale of these items.

“Despite (a) the massive dissemination of information, there were still sellers who persisted in selling. After receiving information about these activities, the police immediately carried out an operation to seize the illegal firecrackers, ”Talisay town police said.

Firecrackers and pyrotechnics were confiscated in various parts of the city. The total of confiscated fireworks reached 2,113 pieces.

Here is the breakdown of confiscated firecrackers and its estimated cost:

  • 436 pieces of Kwitis with an estimated amount of Php 4,360.00
  • 75 pieces of Hotdog with an estimated amount of Php 750.00
  • 15 large Binggala coins with an estimated amount of Php 225.00
  • 3 pieces of Big Fountain with an estimated amount of Php 900.00
  • 5 pieces Small fountain with an estimated amount of Php 500.00
  • 208 pieces of small triangle with an estimated amount of Php 1,040.0
  • 6 pieces of diamond fireworks with an estimated amount of Php 300.00
  • 44 Small Whistling Lunar Travelers Coins with an estimated amount of Php 220.00
  • 96 pieces of shotgun with an estimated amount of Php 960.00
  • 49 pieces of Candy Bomb with an estimated amount of Php 490.00
  • 1,039 pieces of Whistle Bomb with an estimated amount of Php 10,039.00
  • 120 Original Piccolo pieces with an estimated amount of Php 2,400.00
  • 17 pieces of Lantaka / Boga

All seized illegal items will be properly disposed of and destroyed to prevent fires and accidents.

Garcia had banned firecrackers and fireworks in Cebu province following the devastation of Typhoon Odette, fearing the fireworks could cause fire in areas where debris remained.

READ: Firecrackers and pyrotechnics also banned in Cebu province

In his EO, Garcia said the whole island had “practically turned into a fire hazard” as a result of Odette.

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