New Year fireworks

New Year fireworks

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The number of fireworks-related injuries from the recent holiday revelry climbed to 804 as of Thursday morning, as reports from other parts of the country came in.

One of the injured was a 16-year-old bystander from Payatas in Quezon City who lost his left eye to kwitis National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Enrique Tayag said.

While Tayag did not identify the victim, he said the bystander had to be operated on at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City after suffering the injury on New Year’s Day.

Tayag also said that as of 6 a.m. Thursday, the number of revelry-related injuries was at 804, including 793 from fireworks, two from fireworks ingestion, and nine from stray bullets.

Of the fireworks-related injuries, 306 or 39 percent were due to piccolo.

He noted this was lower than the 894 injuries recorded in 2012, including 867 due to fireworks, two to fireworks ingestion, and 25 due to stray bullets.

This year’s injuries were lower by 10 percent, he added.

Tayag said the revelry-related injuries on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 totaled 687 – 24 percent lower than during the same period in 2012.  (MNS)