01 Jan '12, 8am

Hundreds hurt by firecrackers in Philippine New Year

Hundreds hurt by firecrackers in Philippine New Year

MANILA: Hundreds of Filipinos were injured by firecrackers and stray bullets while fires gutted homes in the capital as revellers celebrated the new year, officials said Sunday. The Health Department's monitoring centre reported 454 firecracker-related injuries across hospitals -- including life-altering wounds -- as the country welcomed 2012, many of them children and drunk adults who ignored government warnings. "I saw one child whose eyes were hit by firecrackers. He might end up having an early cataract, these are the types of injuries leading to disabilities with major economic value reduction," Ona said. Two hospitals reported that among those injured were two children whose hands were so badly injured that they might had to be amputated. At least 18 people were hurt by indiscriminately fired bullets, ignoring repeated threats by police that anyone caught using their...

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