A Philippine policeman displays confiscated firecrackers, including one (bottom C) called 'Bin Laden,' in an effort to minimize the use illegal pyrotechnics ahead of the coming New Year festivities, at police headquarters in Manila on December 29, 2012. The Philippines is mainly Roman Catholic, but New Year's celebrations draw on ancient superstitions and Chinese traditions in which the noise from firecrackers is meant to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck in the coming year. Adding to the danger of annual fireworks celebrations in the streets, there are over 1.2 million unlicensed firearms in the Philippines and some of those are used in the festivities. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
29 Dec 2012
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