Unlicensed cracker maker in Sta. Maria arrested

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CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan—Authorities arrested an unlicensed backyard firecracker and pyrotechnic manufacturer at his residence in Barangay Sta. Maria on Friday.

Bulacan police director Col. Relly Arnedo said a 31-year-old male suspect was arrested at about 2:30 pm in his place in KM.41, Barangay Pulong Buhangin, Santa Maria town by joint teams from the town police station, Civil Security Group-Firearms and Explosives Office (CSG-FEO) and the Bulacan Provincial Intelligence Unit (PIU).  

The suspect was caught in the act of manufacturing fireworks without any permit from the proper authorities.

Seized from the suspect’s possession were two hundred (200) pieces of ‘kwitis’, forty (40) pieces of unfinished ‘fountain’, thirty (30) pieces of cylinder ‘fountain’, one hundred (100) pieces of unfinished ‘kwitis’, and one fourth (1/4) gallon of unfinished ‘sawa’ amounting to ten thousand pesos P10,000.00.

A criminal complaint for violation of R.A. 7183 has been prepared against him.  

Illegal firecracker production in residential zones poses severe risks to community safety, often leading to accidents, injuries, and property damage. The apprehension of the suspect underscores law enforcement’s crucial role in curbing such hazardous activities, ensuring the protection of residents, and preventing potential accidents in communities across Bulacan.

The unwavering commitment of the Bulacan PNP in enforcing pyrotechnic laws and ensuring public safety in the region echoes the directive of Police Region 3 Director, PBGen Jose Hidalgo Jr.

This arrest underscores the thrust of the police of continual dedication to upholding regulations and safeguarding the community. – “Pulis ng PRO 3, Partner ng Pamayanan”.

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