Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
19-December-2011 18:03 IST
Pollution due to Chinese Crackers
Government has not issued licence for import of firecrackers of Chinese origin under the Explosives Rules, 2008 implemented by the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), Nagpur. Irrespective of the country of manufacture, a firecracker when fired successfully, releases sulphur dioxide if the firecracker has sulphur as one of the ingredients.

There is no proposal to ban the import of fireworks of Chinese origin. Manufacture, possession and import of any explosives consisting of or containing Sulphur or Sulphurate in admixture with Chlorate of Potassium or any other Chlorate is prohibited in India vide Notification of Government of India No. GSR 64(E), dated 27.01.1992. Further, noise limits for sound emitting firecrackers at manufacturing stage have been prescribed vide Notification of Government of India No. GSR 682(E), dated 05.10.1999, issued under Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986. Both these notifications are enforced by PESO.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by Shri Purnmasi Ram and Shri Sonawane Pratap Narayanrao in Lok Sabha today.