Days after it claimed 113 lives, Kerala High Court allows fireworks Thrissur Pooram festival


Just few days after more than 100 people fell victims to fireworks, the Kerala High Court has once again allowed the temple organisers to go ahead to with fireworks display, albeit with low-decibel intensity, during the ongoing Pooram festival in Thrissur.

In a shocking development, the state government too opposed the ptition seeking ban on the fireworks. This was announced by the chief minister, Oommen Chandy, who seeking re-election in the assembly elections.

“We cannot completely ban fireworks in state. Chemicals used in fireworks need to be checked, disastrous material shouldn’t be allowed,” said Chandy adding that his government will approach Kerala High Court to get relaxation the ban during Thrissur Pooram.

The HC, according to PTI news, sais that no unauthorised chemicals should be used in the fireworks and the sound level should not exceed 125 decibel, a division bench comprising Justices Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice Anu Sivaraman said in the order.

The bench was hearing a plea by the private Paramekkavu and Thirvambadi Devaswoms, which fund the annual Pooram festival in the premises of the famous Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur, for permission to hold fireworks display. The festival is currently on and will culminate on Apr 18.

While sustained exposure to decibel level below 125 may result in hearing loss, after 125 it may cause pain.

The High Court on Tuesday banned high-decibel fireworks after sunset in places of worship across Kerala after the Puttingal tragedy.

The High Court held a special sitting today despite a public holiday on account of harvest festival “Vishu” that marks the commencement of the Malayalam new year.

The division bench’s order came after the organising committee of the Pooram festival cited a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that gave exemption to holding of fireworks display as part of its culture and traditions.

(Inputs from PTI, Indian Express)