The Port of Davao-Sasa Wharf Davao City has recently condemned at least 1,000 boxes of illegally imported firecrackers, seized by combined operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Davao, Philippine National Police (PNP), and Davao City Explosive Ordinance and Canine (EODK9) Unit.
According to BOC Port of Davao District Collector, Atty. Erastus Sandino B. Austria, the 1,000 boxes of hot firecrackers that were destroyed by burning last October 1 and 2 this year, were slipped into the local market and could have posed unnecessary risks to the community.
“The dangers posed by these illegally imported firecrackers do not end with its seizure. Anything serious can happen to these explosive materials while under storage, as even a small spark could trigger an explosion,” Austria said, adding that they had to “immediately facilitate its destruction.”
Investigations behind the seizure of said hot firecrackers revealed that subject goods were declared as cleaning balls, plastic craft, flashlights and plastic coverings, in violation to Section 1400 and Section 119 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
The goods were later forfeited in favor of the government pursuant to Section 1113 of the same law. (KIARA LAUREN IBANEZ / Benjie Cuaresma)