Children celebrate Diwali with firecrackers on the occasion of Diwali.

(Wasim Sarvar/IANS)

Mizoram’s Aizawl district authority has prohibited lighting fireworks and sky lanterns, among others, for a period of two months to prevent air and noise pollution in Diwali, officials said on Saturday.

Aizawl District Magistrate Lalhriatzuali Ralte issued a notification prohibiting the lighting of fireworks and sky lanterns, among others, during the Diwali festivity.

“I am of the opinion that lighting of fireworks and sky lanterns is posing air and noise pollution which may have adverse effects and whereas such indiscriminate use of fireworks may lead to undesirable incidents and injuries to the individuals and may cause fire and explosive hazards,” the DM said in her order.

The notification said: “There are sufficient grounds for proceeding under Section 144 of Cr PC 1973 to prevent injuries to the public and danger to human life during this coming Diwali festival.”

It said that no person should possess, store, display, use, or sell firecrackers and sky lanterns within the Aizawl district, and there is a total ban on importing and selling these items.

The order shall remain in force for a period of two months unless revoked earlier.

Violation of the order during its validity shall be punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, the order added.

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