36 Hurt Due To Firecrackers In Central Visayas

Police authorities have recorded a total of 36 firecracker-related injuries in Central Visayas during the 2018 New Year celebration.

This figure is lower compared to the 2017 data, said Police Regional Office 7 spokesman Superintendent Reyman Tolentin.

In 2017, 42 people were reportedly injured due to firecrackers and indiscriminate firing in Central Visayas.

For 2018, all the 36 injuries were due to firecrackers. No injuries due to indiscriminate firing although three incidents were reported in Lapu-Lapu City, Talisay City and Compostela, Cebu.

Tolentin said 29 of those wounded came from Cebu while four in Bohol and the rest from Negros Oriental.

The entire police force was placed under red alert during the New Year celebration.

Tolentin said the New Year celebration in Central Visayas was generally peaceful and PRO 7 is thankful that there were no reports of stray bullet injury in the region. In 2017, two stray bullet injuries in Cebu were recorded.

Cebu City implemented a firecracker ban during the Christmas and New Year celebrations. (PNA)

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