The Odisha Government has prohibited sale and bursting of firecrackers from November 10 to November 30 (Diwali) across the state. The decision has been taken in view of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.
“It is a well known fact that burning of firecrackers releases copious amounts of harmful chemicals which have severe impact on the health of vulnerable groups. Such pollutants can further aggravate the health conditions of COVID 19 positive persons besides persons staying in home isolation,” a statement from the administration read.
The Odisha Government encourage lighting earthen lamps and candles to celebrate Diwali.
Those violating the orders will be punished under Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other relevant laws.