Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board issues directives on firecrackers to comply with PESO guidelines

Shillong, October 06: In pursuance to the Supreme Court’s order, the Member Secretary of Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) has issued directives that manufacture, sale or use of firecrackers generating noise level exceeding 125 dB (AI) or 145 (C) pk at four metres distance from the point of bursting is prohibited. For individual firecracker constituting the series (joined firecrackers), the limit mentioned is reduced by 5 log 10(N) dB, where N is equal to the number of crackers joined together.

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All dealers, retail stores, sellers of firecrackers should ensure that the firecrackers circulated in the market comply with the guidelines fixed by Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) as per the chemical formulae mentioned in the organisation’s website regarding firecrackers imported/manufactured in the country and the details of chemical content shall be mentioned on the box of each firecracker.

Further, the public has been directed to purchase only those firecrackers that inform the chemical content of the cracker on the cover box. Also, crackers producing noise should not be burst between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. Meanwhile, it is also advised to wear earplugs when going to fireworks exhibits because it can reduce noise by 15 to 30 decibels.

The MSPCB also requested the public to organise neighbourhood clean-up programmes in their respective areas, to keep the environment clean, green and healthy.

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