At least 8 people were hurt in firecracker blasts and other incidents in Caraga region as the country welcomed the New Year, police said Tuesday .
Among those hurt was a Korean national, who is temporarily residing at the Capitol Site of Barangay Washington in Surigao City.
Reports from the Caraga police identified the victim as Dong Kun Oh, 48, who was reportedly injured in a firecracker incident at around 4 a.m. January 1.
Chief Insp, Renel E. Serrano, spokesperson for the regional police, said four of the other victims were aged seven to 16. Two were from Butuan City; one from Surigao City and another from Las Nieves town, Agusan del Norte.
Two of the injured minors were hit at their right eyes by still unidentified flying firecrackers on the New Year’s Day in Purok 8, Barangay Los Angeles, Butuan City; and Purok 3, Barangay Tinakunon, Las Nieves town, Agusan del Norte while others had finger injury.
Serrano, said various provincial police offices recorded no injury from stray bullets or fire in relation to the New Year revelry.
“The full cooperation of all Caraganons made our region generally peaceful during the Yuletide celebrations, with the significant decrease of firecracker-related injuries and absence of violent incidents perpetrated by lawless elements,” he said.
Compared to 2016 and 2015, the firecracker-related incidents in year 2017 were very much lower, he added. By CLC Photo courtesy of Dti Adn