139 injured by firecrackers in new year celebrations in Philippines
Updated 17:20, 04-Jan-2019
At least 139 people were injured by firecrackers during the New Year celebration for 2019, the Philippine government said on Tuesday.
The official said the number might still increase, adding that hospitals will continue to monitor cases related to fireworks injuries until Jan. 5.
Lighting up firecrackers and fireworks have always been a part of the revelry in the Philippines especially during Christmas and New Year's Eve.
The number of firecracker-related injuries during the New Year celebration for 2019 declined by 68 percent compared to 2018, the Philippine Health Secretary said during a news conference.