47 people treated for firecracker injuries in QC hospitals

January 1, 2010 2:03 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 1 -– At least 47 people were rushed to two state-run hospitals for treatment of firecracker-related injuries and stray bullets, hospital doctors said on Friday.

This, despite repeated reminders to the public not to fire their guns into the air.

Quezon City General Hospital on EDSA, Barangay Bahay Toro said seven people were treated for firecracker burns. A female is confined at the charity ward for stray bullet injury last December 27.

The East Avenue Medical Center recorded at least 40 firecracker-related injuries and six injuries caused by stray bullets.

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said two people caught firing their weapons indiscriminately were arrested.

At least six fires were reported by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Quezon City on Friday. It said the fires all happened on New Year’s Eve and early Friday.

One of the fires struck a house located along Kalayaan Avenue corner Matahimik Street, Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City. It was a few meters away from the QCPD headquarters on Camp Karingal.

Authorities said many Filipinos, largely influenced by Chinese tradition, believe that noisy New Year's celebrations drive away evil and misfortune. But they have carried that superstition to extremes, exploding huge firecrackers and firing guns to welcome the new year despite threats of arrest. (PNA)



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