MANILA (dpa) – An 11-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet and more than 170 were injured in other New Year’s Eve accidents across the Philippines, police and health officials said Thursday.
Filipinos traditionally set off fireworks and some also fire guns into the air in the belief that the noise drives away bad luck and attracts good fortune for the coming year.
The girl was killed as she watched fireworks with her family outside their house in Tayum town in Abra province, 340 kilometres north of Manila.
The bullet was fired from a 45-calibre pistol, and police were looking for the gunman, police spokeswoman Superintendent Cherry Fajardo said.
The culprit could face charges of homicide.
A 13-year-old boy was hit in the arm by another stray bullet in nearby Manabo town, she said.
A total of 15 people have caught bullets from celebratory gunfire since December 16, according to the national police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor.
During celebrations to ring in 2014, a three-month-old baby was killed in his crib by a shot gone astray.