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List of fireworks and firecrackers prohibited in the PHL

(Updated 8:54 p.m.) Under Republic Act (RA) 7183 or the law on pyrotechnic devices, persons caught manufacturing, selling, distributing and purchasing these items may be imprisoned from six months to a year, and may be slapped with a fine from P20,000 to P30,000.   Below is a list of the firecrackers prohibited for sale and manufacture in the country by the Department of Health and the Department of Trade and Industry.
  • Watusi or the “dancing firecracker.” It was initially allowed for sale and manufacture under RA 7183, but was eventually banned because it causes poisoning when ingested, especially among children.
  • Piccolo – This firecracker has been the leading cause of firecracker-related injuries since 2007. The Department of Health banned it in 2007 because it can explode on the hands, and may cause death when ingested.
  • Super Lolo and Atomic Big Triangulo – two firecrackers specifically mentioned in RA 7183.
  • Mother Rockets – firecracker with a stick designed as a propellant upon lighting the wick.
  • Lolo Thunder – a powerful firecracker twice the size of a Five Star.
  • Pillbox – a firecracker that causes a series of sparks when lit.
  • Boga – traditional canon made from PVC pipe using denatured alcohol as explosive ingredient.
  • Big Judah’s belt – a string of firecrackers consisting of smaller firecrackers that number up to a hundred, and culminating in a larger and more powerful firecracker.
  • Big Bawang – a firecracker packed in cardboard tied around with abaca strings, giving it the shape of a large garlic.
  • Kwiton – aerial firecracker which explodes several times when lit.
  • Goodbye Philippines – giant triangle-shaped firecracker which packs a powerful explosion.
  • Kabasi – a triangle-sized explosive twice the size of a Pla-pla. 
Other banned firecrackers include the “Atomic Bomb,” Five Star, Pla-pla, Og, Giant Whistle Bomb, and unlabelled firecrackers. Meanwhile, RA 7183 allows the following firecrackers and fireworks to be sold in the country:
  • Baby Rocket — Assembled with a stick that helps propels the contraption to fly a few meters before exploding. The firecracker is about 1-½ inches long by 3/8 inch in diameter with the stick about a foot in length.
  • Bawang — Larger than a Triangulo and with 1/3 teaspoon of powder packed in cardboard, it is tied with abaca string and wrapped in the shape of garlic.
  • Small Triangulo — Triangle shaped with powder less than the Bawang and usually wrapped in brown paper measuring ¾ inch at its longest side.
  • Pulling of strings — An inch-long less than ¼ of an inch in diameter with strings on each end that when pulled cause the firecracker to explode.
  • Paper caps — Minute amounts of black powder spread in thin strips of paper on a small sheet and used in children's toy guns.
  • El Diablo or Labintador — Tubular shaped, about 1-¼ inches long and less than ¼ inch in diameter with a wick.
  • Judah's Belt — A string of either Diablos or small Triangulos numbering up to a hundred or so and culminating in a large firecracker — usually a Bawang. 
  • Sky Rocket or Kwitis — A large Baby Rocket designed to fly up to 40 to 50 feet in the air before it explodes.
  • Sparklers — Black powder coated on a piece of wire or wrapped in a paper tube designed to light up and glow after igniting.
  • Luces — Any of several kinds of Sparklers.
  • Fountain — Cone-shaped sparkler, which is lighted on the ground and designed to create, sparks of various colors and intermittent lights when ignited.
  • Jumbo regular and special — Similar to a "Fountain" but bigger in size.
  • Mabuhay — A bundle usually of a dozen Sparklers.
  • Roman Candle — A kind of Sparkler also similar to a "Fountain" but shaped like a big candle.
  • Trompillo — A pyrotechnic device usually fastened at the center and designed to spin first clockwise and then counter-clockwise and gives off various light colors when ignited.
  • Airwolf — A kind of Sky Rocket shaped like an airplane with a propeller to rise about 40 or 50 feet and emits various lights while in the air.
  • Whistle Bomb — Any firecracker or pyrotechnic designed to emit a whistle-like sound before exploding. Others are designed simply to whistle without exploding.
  • Butterfly — A light emitting butterfly-shaped pyrotechnic that floats above the ground. 
— Andreo Calonzo with GMA News Research/VS, GMA News