380 injured by fireworks in Philippines

If you think the best thing about New Year’s is all the festive flares and bangs, you might want to reconsider, as firecrackers injured almost 400 people in the Philippines, while 800 cars were set ablaze in France, not to mention the Dubai skyscraper.

Philippine fireworks

A drunken man lit a firecracker called Goodbye Philippines in Manila that reportedly looked like a stick of dynamite. It exploded in his arms and killed him, Janet Garin, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health, told reporters.

“His jaw was shattered. He was so intoxicated he hugged the Goodbye Philippines,” Garin said, adding that paramedics had transported him to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

In another accident in the same city, a firecracker set a stray hut in the Tondo slum district on fire, resulting in about 1,000 shanties being burnt to the ground and several thousand families without a roof over their heads, fire officials said.
Janet Garin has called for “a total ban on all firecrackers.” However, this may be not be feasible since, by tradition, many Philippian revelers believe that firecrackers and loud sounds scare away bad luck and evil spirits.

French cars and arrests

French police detained 622 people during this year’s New Year’s festivities, half as many as last year, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve reported, according to AFP. About 300 were later placed under arrest. “This shows that security forces now work with greater efficiency,” the minister concluded. Despite this new “efficiency,” more than 800 cars were still set on fire overnight in France, in contrast to 940 in 2014. Security measures in the French capital had been stepped-up due to a series of atrocious terrorist attacks in the Paris on November 13.

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