Bulacan, Dec. 21 -- Authorities have arrested a man for illegally manufacturing firecrackers in Barangay Binang 1st here on Tuesday.

In his report on Wednesday, Col. Relly Arnedo, provincial director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, said Edgardo Mendoza, 64, was caught in the act of manufacturing pyrotechnic products without the necessary permit.

Arnedo said the recovered evidence include 700 pieces of "kwitis" (rocket), 500 pieces of jumbo gold fountain, 28 pieces of unfinished "sputnik" silver fountain, one piece of two-layer pagoda and assorted firecracker/pyrotechnic wrapper with a total estimated market value of PHP15,700.

He said the suspect now faces a criminal complaint for violation of Republic Act 7183 (An Act Regulat...