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Possession, Sale of Foreign Origin Fireworks Illegal,Punishable

10th October 2014

Courtesy: The Indian Republic

Possession, Sale of Foreign Origin Fireworks Illegal,Punishable

Ahead of Diwali, the Commerce and Industry Ministry today said possession and sale of the fireworks of foreign origin is “illegal and punishable” under the Law.

It has been brought to the notice of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) that fireworks of foreign origin were illegally brought into India under false declarations, the ministry said in a statement.

It said various fireworks associations have informed that these smuggled items include ‘Potassium Chlorate’, a dangerous and hazardous chemical which can ignite or explode spontaneously.

The Tamilnadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers’ Association has also informed that illegal fireworks of foreign origin have penetrated into the country in large quantities and they are likely to be sold through retail outlets extensively during coming Diwali season, it added.

“Possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin in India is illegal and punishable under the Law. Information about possession and/or sale of such fireworks may be reported to the nearest Police Station for suitable action,” the statement said.

Fireworks in India have been declared as restricted item in respect of import by Director General of Foreign Trade.

The manufacture, possession, use and sale of any explosive containing sulphur or sulphurate in admixture with any chlorate is banned in the country.

Till date, no licence for import of fireworks has been granted under the Explosives Rules, 2008 by Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation, a subordinate office of the DIPP.

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