Diwali 2018: Amid Ban on Selling Firecrackers, Delhi Police Seizes 3847.77 Kg of Crackers, 26 People Arrested for Selling Old Stock
Firecrackers Banned (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, November 5: Despite the Supreme Court's ban on selling and burning of old stock of firecrackers in the national capital, the Delhi Police has seized 3847.77 kg of firecrackers from several areas this year. According to a tweet by ANI, a total of 29 cases have been registered and 26 people have been arrested for violating the top court's order.

According to a report by PTI, a 30-year-old man was booked on Saturday for allegedly bursting firecrackers in east Delhi despite a ban. This was the first such case to be registered since the restrictions were enforced. Amid rising concerns of pollution in the Delhi-NCR region, the top court in the last month had announced curbs on the use of fireworks across the country.

In its directive on October 23, the top Court said only green crackers could be used in the Delhi-NCR region. The Court restricted bursting of toxic firecrackers and allowed only 'green firecrackers' on Diwali and other occasions. Lakshmi Puja 2018 Muhurat in Mumbai Clashes With SC’s Two-Hour Window for Bursting of Firecrackers.

A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also restrained e-commerce websites like Flipkart and Amazon from selling firecrackers with emission levels beyond the permissible limit. According to a report by PTI, the bench said e-commerce websites will be hauled up for contempt of court if they don't adhere to the court's direction. The permissible limit of sound and smoke will be approved by the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), the court said.

The Court clarified that its order on use of green crackers during Diwali is only for Delhi-NCR and not pan-India. In a bid to encourage a 'green' Diwali, the Supreme Court also imposed major controls on firecrackers and only allowed a two-hour window of 8 pm to 10 pm for bursting crackers during Diwali and other festivals. The Court's order, however, limited the manufacture and sale of fireworks to only those that conform to permissible smoke and noise levels.