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GenSan beefs up campaign against selling of firecrackers

General Santos City (03 December) -- The city government of General Santos is beefing up its campaign against selling of powerful firecrackers and other pyrotechnics as Christmas time is nearing.

The City Ordinance against banning powerful firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices is still in full force, City Administrator Atty. Jong Gonzales said.

He said it will remain enforced to ensure that people will think twice should they plan to engage in selling firecrackers since December is the month, where firecracker/pyrotechnic businesses usually proliferate.

Gonzales enjoined the public to report to authorities any knowledge relating to the banned items being sold in the city. He said sanctions await would-be violators.

The city government laments that despite the existing ordinance there are still people who are able to bring the business into the mainstream because other neighboring towns and cities do not implement stricter ban on firecrackers.

Gonzales believes that banning powerful firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices will prevent any more accidents during Christmas merry-making.

On Christmas Eve last year, three people died in a fire accident that gutted at least 21 stores selling firecrackers at the Oval Plaza here.

Police said the incident was caused by a poorly lighted "thunder fighter" or "12-shots" firework that caught up fire amid line of firecracker stalls triggering a huge explosion.

Though the city still allows the selling and buying of some low-rated pyrotechnics, Gonzales said that this year stalls will be positioned near the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) so that any fire accident can be responded quickly in time.

The city ordinance on the selling of firecrackers is anchored on Republic Act 7183 which regulates "the sale, manufacture, distribution and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices" in the country. (ctapelacio/PIA SarGen) [top]

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