Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in all party meet on Thursday said that there will be no ban on fireworks display in Kerala. He further made clear that display of fireworks is allowed with strict controls and checks.
The meeting was called in the wake of widespread demand for banning fireworks in temples following the Puttingal temple tragedy that claimed 109 lives and left over 350 injured.
Chandy’s announcement came amid growing calls for banning fireworks displays in the backdrop of Kollam accident. The Kerala High Court is set to hear later on Tuesday one of its judge’s suggestion that high-decibel crackers be banned to prevent man-made tragedies such as the one in Kollam.
The accident occurred during an ‘unauthorised’ display of fireworks in the wee hours of Sunday after a spark from a firecracker fell on the storehouse containing crackers, triggering explosions.