QC regulates firecracker use, allows fireworks display in public places

QUEZON City Mayor Joy Belmonte has regulated the manufacture, sale and use of firecrackers throughout the city, and allowed fireworks display only in public places as approved by the city government.

“Private households are hereby prohibited from using firecrackers and staging their own fireworks display,” she said, adding that only approved firecrackers and pyrotechnics are allowed for use in public places.

Explaining her decision to issue Executive Order No. 54, S-2022, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the Department of Health (DOH) recorded a 47-percent increase in the number of firecrackers and fireworks-related emergencies and injuries due to the unregulated and indiscriminate use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices in 2021 compared to the total number of cases the previous year.

“We want to minimize, if not totally eliminate, the number of firecracker-related injuries and casualties. We also want to protect homes, commercial buildings and other structures against incidental fires and to lessen the harmful effects of hazardous chemicals and pollutants,” she pointed out.

Belmonte’s order requires prior permission or authorization by the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) before a particular public place may be used for the fireworks display.

In an earlier interview, Belmonte said Quezon Memorial Circle and select malls such as Eastwood, SM and Robinsons will be having their own fireworks display in different venues for the public to enjoy.

The mayor also limited the sale of permissible firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices only within shopping malls with clearance from the DPOS and a special permit from the Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD), in accordance with Ordinance No. SP-2618, S-2017.

“The sale of the same in places such as public sidewalks, tiangges, stores and similar establishments shall be strictly prohibited,” she said, adding that “selling, sharing or giving firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices to minors is also not allowed.”

The manufacture, use, sale and distribution of other types of fireworks and pyrotechnic devices that could endanger the life and limb of the public are prohibited.


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