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(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Gerald G. Lacuarta
THE HAZARDS of New Year's Eve revelry not only come in burns and blasted fingers from firecracker mishaps, but also in smoke from firecrackers and pyrotechnics that are lighted up, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Environment Secretary Elisea Gozun said firecrackers' smoke have far-reaching consequences, perhaps even more disastrous than their explosive impact.
"Firecracker explosions release a mass of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide which worsen the daily smog in Metro Manila particularly during this time of the year when precipitation is heavy," …