On October 24, 2023, the Supreme Court of India banned the sale and use of firecrackers in India. The court stated that the use of firecrackers causes air pollution and noise pollution, and that it is a threat to public health and safety.
The court’s decision was a major victory for environmental activists and public health advocates. Firecrackers have been a major source of air pollution in India, especially in the lead-up to Diwali, the Festival of Lights. In 2022, the air quality in Delhi, India’s capital city, deteriorated significantly after Diwali, with levels of the pollutant PM2.5 reaching hazardous levels.
Firecrackers have also been a major source of noise pollution in India. The loud bangs and whistles of firecrackers can cause hearing loss and other health problems. Firecrackers can also be a danger to property and life. In recent years, there have been a number of fires and injuries caused by firecrackers.
The Supreme Court’s decision is expected to have a significant impact on the use of firecrackers in India. The court’s order will be enforced by state governments, which will be responsible for confiscating firecrackers and imposing penalties on those who violate the ban.
The ban on firecrackers is a positive step towards improving air quality, reducing noise pollution, and protecting public health and safety in India.