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22 April 2024

Philippines' crazy NYE party: 2 die, 600 hurt

A man is wheeled into the emergency room after being injured in a firecracker explosion following the raucous celebration to welcome the New Year Wednesday Jan.1, 2014 in Manila, Philippines.Traditionally, Filipinos welcome the New Year with fireworks and firecrackers and making the loudest noise possible, including indiscriminate firing of their guns which sometimes result in injuries and deaths. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

By Agencies

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.