Police assure ‘crackerless’ Xmas, New Year in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:21

By tradition, Christmas and New Year celebrations in Zamboanga City were never complete without those deafening explosions from firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices. But the tradition is now a thing of the past in this part of the country.

The City Council has approved an ordinance that prohibits the sale, manufacture, use and possession of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices including fireworks in Zamboanga City which took effect last year.

City police director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro told the press briefing in City Hall last Monday that the local police will strictly enforce the ordinance, especially this time of the year when the demand for firecrackers is usually high.

To strengthen the ban on firecrackers, Casimiro said, the police will be coordinating more with the Firearms and Explosives Office in the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police including the regional office of the Firearms and Explosives Security and Guard Supervision (FESAGS).

However, the city police director said the ordinance allows the shipment of firecrackers from outside suppliers to Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi passing through this city.

“Zamboanga can be a transshipment point of firecrackers to neighboring provinces,” he said.

It was noted Monday that there was no fireworks display during the ceremonial switch-on of the City Hall Christmas lights unlike in the previous years when the lighting countdown was highlighted with grand fireworks exhibition.

The firecrackers ban is a lesson learned from the 2011 tragedy when a depot of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices exploded, causing injuries and damage to nearby properties.— Vic Larato