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Firecracker injuries, too


There were no indiscriminate firing or stray bullet incidents in Negros Occidental during the Christmas Day and New Year’s eve celebrations in Negros Occidental, the Philippine National Police reported yesterday.

But the police recorded 21 victims of firecracker-related accidents in Negros Occidental, and eight more in Bacolod City, during the New Year’s eve celebration.

Incidents of firecracker-related injuries were reported in Talisay, Silay, Bago, Cadiz, Victorias and San Carlos cities, as well as in Murcia and Binalbagan towns, all in Negros Occidental.

In 2017, the police recorded 26 incidents of firecracker-related injuries in Negros Occidental, and four in Bacolod City.

Senior Inspector Aireen Cordua, spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, and Chief Inspector Ariel Pico, spokesman of the Bacolod City Police Office, described the holidays as generally-peaceful.

There were 27 victims of firecracker’s explosions also reported to have been treated at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City.

In the whole Western Visayas, there were 65 victims of firecracker-related incidents from December 16 to January 1, Supt. Joem Malong, Police Regional Office 6 spokesperson, said.*


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