SC order on firecrackers partly flouted in Bengaluru

Supreme Court’s order limiting firecracker-bursting to two hours during Diwali was partly-flouted in Bengaluru with many people burning firecrackers for a longer period, an official said on Thursday.

“People in many locations of the city had started burning firecrackers at 6 p.m., even though the time set by the state was from 8-10 p.m.,” the city’s civic authority spokesperson L. Suresh told IANS here.

However, the 10 p.m. deadline for firecrackers was largely followed across the city, he said.

The state government on November 2 notified that people can burst crackers from November 5-8 between 8-10 p.m. in compliance with the apex court’s order.

There were, however, no complaints registered with the city police for violation of the timings.

“We have not received any complaints across the city so far for bursting firecrackers beyond the prescribed timings,” an official from the city police control room told IANS.

At least 10 children have suffered eye and skin injuries in parts of the city due to firecrackers, Suresh added.