TACLOBAN CITY-The Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) has warned the public against the use of banned firecrackers before the New Year celebration.

In a list uploaded to the official Facebook page of the TCPO on Wednesday (December 27), the following firecrackers are prohibited for use and selling: piccolo, watusi, giant whistle bomb, giant bawang, large Judas belt, super lolo, thunder lolo, atomic bomb, atomic big triangulo, pillbox, boga, kwiton, goodbye Earth, goodbye Basing, hello Columbia, Coke-in-can, kabasi, Og, and other unlabeled imported firecrackers.

Meanwhile, the alternatives suggested by the police office include sparklers, ‘torotot’ or trumpets, glow sticks, and pots and pans.

Earlier this week, Police Regional Office 8 Director PB/Gen. Reynaldo Pawid, TCPO Director PCOL Michael Palermo, and officials of the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine Army conducted an inspection of stalls selling firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices at the firecracker display zones of the city.

The officials reminded the stall owners to strictly follow laws and regulations to ensure the safety and security of the public throughout the New Year celebration.

To remember, last December 15, Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos made a call to the local governments to implement a total ban on firecrackers and cited that Quezon City and Davao had already implemented the measure. (H.J.ROCA/CIO)