It’s that time of the year once again. New Year celebration in the Philippines is always “explosive”. Filipinos always look forward for the next year, and there’s no better way to celebrate it than to have firecrackers. However, not all firecrackers we see in the market are permitted by law. There are some types of firecrackers that are too much to handle, and might cause serious threat to a person. The legally allowed firecrackers to be sold in the Philippines are already threatening, so the use of illegal firecrackers are must deadlier.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. There’s no need to celebrate the start of a brand new year in a hospital bed, or with incomplete fingers as a result of firecracker-related injury. According to Republic Act No. 7183, or “An act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution, and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices”, there is a list of firecrackers allowed to be manufactured, distributed and sold in the Philippines.
However, there are penalties to those who will be caught selling illegal firecrackers. The following are taken from the Republic Act, detailing the penalties:
“Sec. 11. Penalties. — Any person who manufactures, sells, distributes or uses firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in violation of the provisions of this Act shall be punished by a fine of not less than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00) nor more than Thirty thousand pesos (P30,000.00), or imprisonment of not less than six (6) months nor more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court in addition to the cancellation of his license and business permit and the confiscation by the Government of his inventory or stock.”
Take a look at the legally allowed firecrackers in the Philippines. Make sure to consider these firecrackers more than the illegal ones to avoid hefty fines and damages.
Firecrackers “Lawfully Allowed” To Be Sold In The Philippines
1. Baby Rocket
A firecracker with a stick well-built. Lighting the wick will propel the baby rocket on air a few meters before exploding.
A firecracker larger than a “triangulo”. It is packed in a cardboard tied around alongside abaca strings and wrapped in shape resembling a “garlic”, hence the name.
3. Small Triangulo
A triangular-shaped firecracker with powder contents less than Bawang. It is usually wrapped in brown paper.
4. Pulling of Strings
A firecracker with a small tube about one inch in length and less than ¼ of an inch in diameter. It has strings on both ends. Pulling each of the string will make the firecracker explode.
5. Paper Caps
A small amount of black powder spread in either small strips of paper on a small sheet used for toy guns.
6. El Diablo or “Labintador”
Firecrackers approximately 1 ¼ inches in length and less than ¼ inch in diameter with a wick. It has a tubular shaped and is also known as “labintador”.
Reddish in color measuring about 1 ½ inches in length and 1/10 inch in width. It is usually ignited due to friction. It resembles a crackling sound, and it appears like it’s dancing.
8. Judah’s Belt
A string of firecrackers resembling the shape of a belt. It can number up to a hundred or even a thousand.
9. Sky Rocket or “Kwitis”
A large version of a baby rocket created to be hurled to a height of up to 40 to 50 meters before exploding mid air.