Fireworks and sky lantern banned for two months in Mizoram’s Aizawl district

Aizawl, Oct 22 (IANS): The Aizawl district authority of Mizoram has banned the lighting of fireworks and sky lanterns, among others, for a period of two months to prevent air and noise pollution on Diwali, it said. officials on Saturday.

Aizawl District Magistrate Lalhriatzuali Ralte has issued a notice banning the lighting of fireworks and sky lanterns, among others, during the Diwali holiday.

“I am of the opinion that the lighting of fireworks and sky lanterns causes air and noise pollution which can have adverse effects and that such indiscriminate use of fireworks can lead to incidents and undesirable injury to individuals and may cause fire and explosion hazards,” the DM said in its order.

The notification read: “There are sufficient grounds to proceed under Section 144 of the Cr PC 1973 to avoid injury to the public and danger to human life at this forthcoming Diwali festival.”

He said no one shall possess, store, display, use, sell firecrackers and sky lanterns in Aizawl district and there is a complete ban on the import and sale of such items.

The order will remain in effect for a period of two months, unless earlier revoked.

Violation of the order during its validity is punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, the order added.

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