Explainer: Burst firecrackers, but know the rules set by Supreme Court

Supreme Court refused to impose a blanket ban on firecrackers before festive season and issued specific directions in order to strike a balance between ‘right to health’ and ‘right to carry a trade or profession’.

The Bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan, gave its verdict after hearing the petitioners, the firecrackers manufacturers, Union government and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Here are some points you need to know:

1.Time constraint for bursting crackers

Duration has been fixed for the bursting of crackers from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm on Diwali or any other festivals like Gurupurab, Chhath, etc. when such fireworks generally take place.

2.Different duration for Christmas and New Year

On Christmas and New Year eve, when fireworks start around midnight i.e. 12:00 am, the window will be of 35 minutes only, from 11:55 pm to 12.30 am.

3.No Online Sale

The top court has also banned its online sale through e-commerce websites, including Flipkart, Amazon, etc. Any such e-commerce companies found selling firecrackers online will be hauled up for contempt of court.

4.Low-Emission Firecrackers

The crackers with reduced emission and green crackers, which are less polluting, would be permitted to be manufactured and sold.

5.Laris not allowed

The manufacture, sale and use of joined firecrackers (series firecrackers or laris) have been banned as it causes huge air, noise and solid waste problems.

6.Community firework

The Union of India, Government of NCT of Delhi and the State Governments of the NCR would permit community fire-cracking only, wherever it can be done. For this purpose, particular area/fields would be identified and designated by the concerned authorities.

7.Sale through licensed traders

The sale shall only be through licensed traders and it will be ensured that these licensed traders are selling those firecrackers which are permitted by this order.