SAN FERNANDO CITY – Local authorities confiscated 126 boxes of assorted firecrackers and pyrotechnics estimated to be worth at least P800,000 in a joint operation in San Fernando, La Union, on Monday afternoon.
Police, fire, and public safety officers found the items in a building in Barangay 3, after a source tipped them off about the illegal stash.
"May nag-report sa amin, so noong pinuntahan namin kasama ang [Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)] atsaka city officials, nakita namin na may violation na ginawa sila gaya ng wala silang permit. At saka wala silang fire safety [certificate]," Police Superintendent Bryant Demot said.
(Someone reported this to us, so when we went to the place with the Bureau of Fire Protection and city officials, we found that they violated city ordinances requiring permits. They did not have a fire safety certificate, either.)
The firecrackers were found on the second floor of a building occupied by Emade Enterprises. The items were said to be owned by Peter Chan Delfinado, who declined to give a statement to media.
PNP reminded owners of establishments to secure a permit from the BFP, city officials, and the Philippine National Police if they intend to store flammable items such as fireworks on their property, in accordance with San Fernando City Ordinance 2009-08.
The confiscated items will be returned if the establishment complies with necessary requirements, the police said.