1 dead, 739 injured in Philippine New Year revelry

AP News
Posted: Jan 02, 2012 1:04 AM
1 dead, 739 injured in Philippine New Year revelry

Philippine health officials say a boy has died from massive injuries from a firecracker explosion in the first known death from violent New Year's revelries that also injured 739 others.

The Department of Health reported Monday that the 10-year-old boy packed a small can with explosive powder, which exploded and injured him seriously when he threw it into flames. He died en route to a hospital in northern Cabanatuan city on New Year's eve.

Officials say 712 others were wounded by firecrackers and 22 by celebratory gunfire. Five kids accidentally swallowed tiny firecrackers.

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Despite a government scare campaign, reckless revelries have continued as a New Year's eve tradition across the Philippines in one of the world's most raucous and dangerous celebrations.