The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it is reminding the public to observe regulations and laws regarding the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics.
At a public briefing, PNP spokesperson Police Colonel Jean Fajardo said the use of huge firecrackers is still prohibited, GMA News reported.
“When it comes to weight, the corresponding weights should be followed. With regard to imported firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices, those deemed too explosive are still prohibited,” the official said.
Based on the information provided by Fajardo, firecrackers with the following characteristics are prohibited: overweight (not more than 0.2 gram or not more than one third of teaspoon); oversized like super lolo, giant whistle bomb, among others; fuse should not burn less than three seconds but not more than six seconds; imported finished products; and mixture of phosphorus or sulfur with that of chlorate.
She also reminded that every community should designate a firecracker display zone and community display area where these items may be used and displayed.
Among the types of firecrackers that may be used in fireworks display areas are the following: baby rocket; bawang; el diablo; Judas’ belt; paper caps; pulling of strings; sky rocket (kwitis); and small “triangulo”.
Meanwhile, the PNP said all pyrotechnic devices or “pailaw” can be used outside the designated community areas or at home except for Type 4 pyrotechnic devices.
Among the pyrotechnic devices that may be used in residential areas are the following: butterfly;
fountain; jumbo regular; luces; mabuhay; roman candle; sparklers; trompillo; and whistle devices.
Fajardo said there is no ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnics imposed on manufacturers and retailers. However, she said sellers should display their products in designated areas.
Based on Republic Act No. 7183, violators will face a fine up to P30,000 or imprisonment up to one year, or both at the discretion of the court. Their license and business permit will also be canceled and their stocks will be confiscated.