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56 hurt in fireworks disaster in Subic

September 16, 2010 9:23am
At least 56 people, most of them students, were injured after fireworks at a school cheering competition in Zambales province went awry on Wednesday night.

Radio dzBB's Roland Bola reported early Thursday the incident occurred in Subic, Zambales around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, when fireworks used as props, misfired.

The report said the seriously injured included choreographer Ferdinand Thelmo, 36, whose hand allegedly had to be amputated.

While most of the injured were allowed to go home, at least three students aged 17 to 18 remained confined at the James Gordon Memorial Hospital as of early Thursday.

The initial investigation showed that the students were at a cheering competition to mark their school's foundation day when the incident occurred.

The police said they are investigating how a large amount of fireworks were allowed into the school premises.

The investigators said they will talk to school's authorities to propose a fireworks ban inside the school premises. – VVP, GMANews.TV
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