Philippine officials say two people have been killed and nearly 600 others injured by fireworks and celebratory gunfire in celebrations for the New Year.
Department of Health spokesman Dr. Eric Tayag said 50 hospitals nationwide reported 599 injured from Dec 21 to Jan 1, a 43 percent jump from the same period last year.
In the northern Cagayan province, a fireworks fountain display packed with firecrackers killed a 19-year-old man while an infant boy was killed by a bullet that went through the roof of the family's house in northern Ilocos Sur province.
The deaths and injuries come at the end of a year where several disasters hit the country, including a Nov. 8 typhoon that left more than 6,100 dead and nearly 1,800 others missing.
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