GNR warn students of the dangers of "Carnival bombs"

in News · 11-02-2020 16:59:00 · 0 Comments

GNR is conducting awareness-raising actions in schools in the district of Vila Real to alert students to the dangers of “Carnival bombs”, demonstrating the possible consequences of using these materials that contain explosives.

on 11 February, at the D. Sancho II School Group, in Alijó, the GNR military used an orange, a melon and a pig's paw to exemplify to students the possible effects of playing with the so-called "Carnival bombs".

"We tried to demonstrate, in a practical way, the effects that these articles have", said the first sergeant Pedro Feliciano, head of the Explosives Inactivation Team of the Territorial Command of Vila Real.

The purpose of GNR, with these actions, is to make children and young people aware of "the danger" that represents the "manipulation of these devices" which, because they contain explosives, even in small quantities, can cause serious physical injuries, such as cuts, fractures and burns.

The most affected parts of the human body are usually the hands, fingers, head, face, eyes and ears.

About 200 students from the 5th and 6th years participated in the initiative that took place in Alijó. After a few laughs and a few scares when the firecrackers exploded, the students revealed that they had learned their lesson.

“They came to tell us that we should not play with Carnival bombs, which are very dangerous and we can have serious injuries,” said Angélico Loureiro, 11 years old.

The colleague, Dora Correia, 12, also reinforced the GNR's message "not to use the firecrackers because it is very dangerous to health and can cause very serious injuries".

"I learned that we should not use them because something very bad can happen to us and I learned that if they tell us to use them, we should refuse", said the student.

Carlos Peixoto, director of the D. Sancho II School Group, praised the Guard's initiative in this carnival season and when young people sometimes have “undue access to bombs”.

“It is important to raise awareness and demonstrate that they are dealing with very dangerous materials that can injure them (…). It is also important for them to see live the consequences of the misuse of Carnival bombs”, he stressed.

Carlos Peixoto pointed out that, through the pig's paw, "it was possible to perceive" the "damage" that can be caused even by "a low-calibre bomb".

Sergeant Pedro Feliciano said that these initiatives “have a practical effect” and help to reduce incidents with this type of material.

The use of “Carnival bombs” is associated with young people who, afterwards, can entice the youngest.

“And when they realize how serious they are, they are not so curious about using it, because they have already seen the effect it has. They are more reluctant to use this type of articles and are no longer so easily convinced by their elders,” he said.

Awareness-raising activities are being promoted by the GNR Criminal Prevention and Community Policing Section of GNR and will continue until 18 February, passing through the school clusters of Alijó, Sabrosa, Mesão Frio, Santa Marta Penaguião and Régua.


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