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Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year Injury Counts: 804 Victims

 Firecrackers strung together to form a kilometer long spectacle along Zamora st. in Brgy. Pogo Grande were meant to continually explode for almost an hour. The event is held annually at exactly 12 nn of Jan. 1 ,2014. The hands in the photo belong to tourist who posed for photos next to the long string of firecrackers. The number of New Year revelry injuries rose to 804 yesterday as the Philippine National Police reported the 1st case of firecracker fatality. The Dept. of Health said the number of injuries covering Dec. 21 to Jan. 2 is 10% lower than last year's 894 covering the same period. Of the 804 victims, 187 of them were children less than 10 yrs. old and 94 were passive users. Blast injuries without amputation totaled to 659, while 129 sustained eye injuries and 17 had blast injuries without amputation. Piccolo a small firecracker that is lighted up by scratching it on the ground consistently topped the list of firecrackers that caused the most numbers of injuries with 306 cases, followed by unknown firecrackers, 98 cases, kwitis 77 cases, 5star 34 cases and luces 31 cases. The latest stray bullet victims were 40 yr. old Adelia Pajaron of Tondo, Manila and Alvin Tagum of Calamba City, Laguna. The DOH reported that a new case of fireworks ingestion was recorded last Jan. 1 when a 6 yr. old male from Las Pinas City was admitted at the Philippine General Hospital after ingesting luces.    
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