By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
An estimated P28,400 worth of seized illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices were destroyed at the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) headquarters yesterday morning.
Lt. Colonel Noel Polines, BCPO deputy director for operations, said the assorted illegal firecrackers were seized by various police stations and special units from December 27, 2023 to January 6, 2024.
The firecrackers were drenched in a water-filled drum, effectively rendering them unusable, before being buried in an open pit behind the BCPO’s administration building.
Polines said no charges were filed against individuals in relation to the seized illegal firecrackers, as violators owning or selling the items cooperated to turn over the firecrackers.
The city police also destroyed more than a dozen “boga,” or homemade cannon, with the longest being more than a meter, seized by barangay officials during the same period.
The seized “boga” were lined up and crushed by a firetruck.
Polines said they were able to minimize the number of firecrackers being sold outside the designated selling zone.
The BCPO recorded a total of nine firecracker-related injuries during the holidays./DGB, WDJ