The Department of the Interior and Local Government ordered all police units to confiscate unauthorized fireworks and make arrests when the nation ushers in 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
DILG Undersecretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya said, “The PNP is authorized to immediately confiscate illegal firecrackers and make arrests when necessary so the industry is advised to just follow the law.”
The DILG said illegal fireworks include piccolo, watusi, whistle bomb, bawang, Judas belt, super lolo, atomic bomb, pillbox, goodbye Earth, hello Columbia and goodbye Philippines.
Malaya added that lawmen must conduct inspections at the “manufacturing complex, warehouse, and processing area of manufacturers and dealers” of firecrackers in their areas of responsibility to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.
Bureau of Fire Protection Senior Inspector Bayani Zambrano reminded that any form of public fireworks display is banned.