Festive season is around the corner and complaints of unstable and bad quality fireworks already up surged. The government in this regard said that possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin in India are illegal and punishable under the law.
Various fireworks associations have time and again raised this issue, saying these smuggled items include 'potassium chlorate', which is a dangerous and hazardous chemical, and can ignite or explode spontaneously.
The commerce and industry ministry said that information about possession and/or sale of illegal fireworks may be reported to the nearest police station for suitable action, as reported in NDTV.
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has received a number of complaints and representations regarding clandestine import of fireworks of foreign origin under false declarations, the ministry said in a statement.
"Possession and sale of fireworks of foreign origin in India are illegal and punishable under the Law, information about possession and/or sale of such fireworks may be reported to the nearest police station for suitable action," it said.
Fireworks in India have been declared as a restricted item in respect of import by the director general of foreign trade, it added. Till date, no licence for import of fireworks has been granted under the Explosives Rules, 2008, by the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation.