Find out what firecrackers are legal and illegal so you won’t get fined or jailed

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Three days before the New Year’s Eve revelry, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged the public to use only allowed firecrackers and shun banned ones, or else face being fined or jailed.

Only the following firecrackers and pyrotechnics are allowed Republic Act No. 7183:

1) Baby rocket

2) Bawang

3) Small triangle

4) Pulling of strings

5) Paper caps

6) El diablo

7) Sky rocket (kwitis)

8) Sparklers

9) Luces

10) Fountains

11) Jumbo

12) Mabuhay

13) Roman candle

14) Trompillo

15) Airwolf

16) Whistle device

17) Butterfly

These firecrackers are strictly prohibited:

1) Piccolo or “scratch bangers”

2) Pop pop

3) Goodbye Philippines or Crying Bading

4) Yolanda or Goodbye Napoles

5) Watusi

6) Pla-pla

7) Giant Kuwitis

8) Watusi or “dancing firecrackers”

9) Super Lolo

10) Atomic Big Trianggulo

11) Mother Rockets

12) Lolo Thunder

13) Pillbox

14) Boga

15) Big Judah’s Belt

16) Big Bawang

17) Kwiton, Bin Laden

18) Kabasi

19) Atomic Bomb

20) Five Star

21) Og

22) Giant Whistle Bombs

All firecrackers with gunpowder exceeding two grams or 1.3 teaspoons are also banned.

DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy said the government was serious in regulating firecrackers.

“Taon-taon ay nag-aabiso tayo sa publiko tungkol sa pagbebenta at paggamit ng paputok. Kaya pasensyahan po tayo kung kayo ay mahuhuli at mapapatawan ng kaukulang parusa o makakaloboso (Every year, we are advising the public about the sale and use of firecrackers. Hence, forgive us if you would be caught and suffer the corresponding punishment or be jailed),” Cuy said in a statement Thursday.

Violators of RA 7183 shall be fined from P20,000 toP30,000, or imprisoned from six months to one year, or both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court.

The license and business permit of manufacturers of illegal firecrackers shall likewise be canceled and their inventory and stock confiscated.

Cuy said allowable consumer pyrotechnics or “pailaw” may be used outside places of residence.

“Naglabas naman po tayo ng listahan ng mga firecrackers o pailaw na puwedeng gamitin. Huwag na po tayong gumamit ng bawal kung ayaw ninyong maperhuwisyo sa paglipas ng Bagong Taon (We have released a list of firecrackers or pyrotechnics which can be used. Let’s not anymore use those which are prohibited if you don’t want to be inconvenienced during the coming New Year),” he said.