Sound emitting fire crackers cannot be burst in silent zones or during night time. (between 10.00-p.m. and 6.00 a.m).1 This is noise pollution and it is punishable with jail time up to five years with a fine up to Rs. 1 Lakh or both.2
Even at the manufacturing stage, no one can manufacture, sell or use firecrackers which create a lot of noise (noise level exceeding 125 dB(AI) or 145 dB(C)pk at 4 meters distance from the point of bursting).3 While measurements are being made, the Department of Explosives must make sure that the manufacturer has an export order, the firecrackers are within the noise limits, the firecracker boxes have a different packaging colour code an that the firecracker has “not for sale in India” or “only for export in other countries.” Read more about these measurements here.
- Rule 3, Noise Pollution (Control and Regulation) Rules, 2000.
- Section 15, , The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
- Central Pollution Control Board, Noise Standards, Fire Crackers – Noise Pollution, https://cpcb.nic.in/displaypdf.php?id=bm9pc2VsaW1pdF9maXJlY3JhY2tlcnMucGRm.