Illegal sale of firecrackers online, Kerala HC intervenes

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Kochi: Kerala High Court on Monday ordered authorities concerned to ensure compliance with the Supreme Court order banning the online sale of firecrackers. The intervention was based on a plea raised by authorised firecracker sellers in Kerala. The plea claimed that the state has been witnessing the illegal sale of firecrackers online as Vishu season is around the corner. Notably, Mathrubhumi News had reported the illegal sales of firecrackers thriving via online platforms.

The court has directed the Kerala Police to take strict action against the sales of firecrackers via e-commerce sites and parcel services.

Citing safety concerns, Supreme Court banned online sales of firecrackers in 2018. However, many entities (cracker manufacturers and parcel service agencies), especially in Tamil Nadu's Sivakasi have been involved in online sales of firecrackers. The manufacturers receive the orders online and confirm them through phone calls. Later it is dispatched to respective addresses as couriers/parcels.

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