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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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More firecrackers seized

Several boxes containing firecrackers were seized by the combined forces of the Bacolod police City Mobile Group and Police Station 6 from a store at Hernaez Street in the city at about 4 p.m. yesterday.

Among the firecrackers recovered were “Saturn missile battery”, “Chinese katay”, “steel beauty” and “stud missile”, all valued at P12,000, police records show.

CMG Director Chief Insp. Alex Dimaculangan said his operatives saw the firecrackers displayed in plain view at the store while they were conducting a surveillance operation. He added that some of the firecrackers were illegal as their sale is not allowed.

The owner, Elsie Somis, 55, of Brgy, 33, Bacolod , said the firecrackers have permits, adding that they are not selling them in their store since they have a kiosk at the Reclamation area, which has been designated by the City government as the firecracker zone.

Police Station 6 chief Senior Insp. Ulysses Ortiz said that they will return the firecrackers with permits to the owners, but the illegal ones will be disposed of once there is a court order.

Earlier yesterday, CMG also confiscated several firecrackers from Sharina Heights Subdivision, Bacolod .

Police Officer 2 Clint William Ferrer, one of the operatives who led the confiscation, said they were supposed to conduct a test-buy operation in Sharina Heights upon receiving complaints that five residences in the subdivision are being used as “make-shift” firecracker factories.

“When the police poseur buyer handed P100, the vendor refused to give him a firecracker and instead closed their residence, and the owner of other houses also refused to open their homes,” Ferrer said.

He added that an unidentified person left two boxes of detonating fuses, a half a box of “bombeta” firecrackers, and a kilo of sodium nitrate at a vacant lot in the subdivision.*APN

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