Supreme Court refuses to impose blanket ban on firecrackers

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court refused to impose blanket ban on firecrackers in a verdict delivered on Tuesday.

A bench comprising of justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan ruled that only green firecrackers will be sold in the country which cause less pollution.

The Apex Court has also barred e-commerce websites such as Amazon and Flipkart from selling firecrackers. SC has also banned sale of laris (series firecrackers) which cause more noise and air pollution.

In its ruling the Apex Court also stated that bursting of firecrackers will only be allowed at designated places and that too till 10 p.m. on Diwali.

For New Year and Christmas the Court has allowed the bursting of firecrackers between 11:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

The Court ruled that the ban will be imposed across the country. Earlier in August the Court had stated that it needs to take into account all the aspects before ruling on the matter.

The Court was referring to the right to livelihood of manufacturers of firecrackers and right to good health of citizens of India.

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