Possession, sale of foreign fireworks is illegal: DIPP

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 30 2014, 06:45am hrs
Days ahead of Diwali, the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) has said that possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin in India is illegal and punishable.

Information about possession and/or sale of such fireworks may be reported to the nearest police station, the DIPP said on Monday.

This follows complaints to the DIPP that fireworks of foreign origin were illegally brought into India under false declarations.

Various fireworks associations have informed that these smuggled items include the chemical potassium chlorate, which is a dangerous and hazardous chemical and can ignite or explode spontaneously, it said.

The Tamilnadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) has also informed that illegal fireworks of foreign origin had been brought to the country in large quantities and were likely to be sold through retail outlets during the Diwali season, the DIPP said.