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MSPCB restricts on bursting firecrackers

Shillong, Oct 6 (UNI) The 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 4 meters distance from the point of bursting is prohibited.
According to a statement, all dealers, retails, 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 regarding
firecrackers imported/manufactured in the country and the details of chemical content
shall be mentioned on the box of each firecracker.
Further, public are directed to purchase only the firecrackers that inform the chemical
content of the cracker on the cover box and crackers producing noise should not be burst
between 2200 hours and 0600 hours.
Meanwhile, it is also advised to wear earplugs when going to fireworks exhibits because
it can reduce noise by 15 to 30 decibels.
To keep the environment clean, green and healthy, the MSPCB requested the public to
organise neighbourhood clean-up programmes in their respective areas.