Explosions in the Philippines and Utah Injure Dozens

  • Mrs. Jayda Schimmel
  • July 10, 2024 05:03am
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At least 27 people have been injured in two separate explosions involving fireworks in the Philippines and Utah. In the Philippines, a pile of confiscated illegal fireworks exploded, damaging buildings and injuring police officers, while in Utah, fireworks landed in a crowd at a stadium event, causing injuries.

At least 27 people were injured in an explosion of confiscated illegal fireworks in the southern Philippines, officials said on Tuesday. Two victims were seriously injured and hospitalized in Zamboanga, where the mayor has ordered an investigation. The explosion occurred when police explosives experts were piling the fireworks in a clearing near a marine firing range for a controlled detonation.

The blast was so powerful that it shattered glass windows nearly two miles away, according to officials and witnesses. The passenger terminal at Zamboanga international airport, more than a mile from the blast, sustained minor damage but no injuries or flight delays were reported, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said.

Explosions in the Philippines and Utah Injure Dozens

Explosions in the Philippines and Utah Injure Dozens

The illegally manufactured fireworks were being hauled from a warehouse in Zamboanga city where an accidental explosion on June 29 left five people dead and several others injured. Two controlled destructions of the fireworks prior to Monday were conducted without any incident, Zamboanga officials said.

In a separate incident, several people were hospitalized after fireworks landed among people performing on the field at the Stadium of Fire event in Provo, Utah on July Fourth. Videos posted on social media showed fireworks veering into the crowd, causing panic and injuries.

Explosions in the Philippines and Utah Injure Dozens

Explosions in the Philippines and Utah Injure Dozens

The exact number of injuries at the Stadium of Fire event is unknown, but witnesses reported seeing people being taken away on stretchers. The Provo Police Department said it is investigating the incident and has not yet released any official information.

Both explosions highlight the dangers of fireworks, which can cause serious injuries or even death. In the Philippines, the use of illegal fireworks is a common practice, particularly during celebrations such as New Year's Eve. However, the government has been cracking down on the use of these fireworks due to the risks they pose.

In Utah, fireworks are legal for personal use, but there are strict regulations regarding their use. The Stadium of Fire event is a popular annual event that attracts thousands of people, and the use of fireworks is an integral part of the show.

The explosions in the Philippines and Utah serve as a reminder of the importance of following safety guidelines and using fireworks responsibly.

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