MANILA, Philippines – The number of people who have suffered fireworks-related injuries over the years has decreased over the past ten years, the Philippine National Police – Firearms and Explosives Bureau (PNP-FEO) reported on Wednesday.

Based on FEO data, the police recorded 306 cases of injuries, including one hit by a stray bullet, during this year's New Year festivities.

Although these data are higher than those recorded during the height of the pandemic in 2021 and 2022, FEO data showed that they are much lower compared to the 904 cases recorded in 2013.

Meanwhile, the lowest cases were recorded in 2021, with 115 injuries, and in 2022, with a total of 188 fireworks-related injuries.

The head of FEO Explosives Management Division, Colonel Al Abanales, said they have already started inspecting fireworks shops to prevent the increase in such cases and the sale of illegal fireworks.

Abanales said he is supervising a team that inspects these stores and the police force's regional civil security across the country.

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