Job hazard

A Filipino worker loading firecrackers in a backyard factory in Bulacan, north of Manila, yesterday. The country's Department of Health has reported more than 50 injuries related to the use of firecrackers from last Monday to Saturday, with the numbe
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A Filipino worker loading firecrackers in a backyard factory in Bulacan, north of Manila, yesterday.

The country's Department of Health has reported more than 50 injuries related to the use of firecrackers from last Monday to Saturday, with the numbers expected to grow as New Year celebrations draw near.

Filipinos traditionally welcome the New Year with revelry and firecrackers in the belief that loud noises drive away bad spirits and bring good luck.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 28, 2015, with the headline 'Job hazard'. Print Edition | Subscribe