Death toll in Kerala temple fire has touched 110 people, while more than 300 people are seriously injured. Prima facie it appears that the temple administration was in violation of the laid down guidelines.
The centre said: “Prima facie, it was observed that large quantity of fireworks items were used for the public display. It is mandatory to obtain a licence in Form LE-6 under Explosives Rules 2008 from District Magistrate for public Display of fireworks.”
As per a Supreme Court directive Fireworks should be used only upto 10 pm and as per Notification no. G.S.R. 682 (E) issued 05-10-1999 by the environment and forest ministry the noise level of crackers should not exceed 125 dB.
The centre said in an official release: “Necessary advisory have been issued from time to time by Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), Ernakulam to all District Magistrates for grant of licences in Form LE-6 under Explosives Rules 2008 and safety measures to be taken.”
Dr. S. Kamal Chief Controller of Explosives, Nagpur, Dr. A. K. Yadav Jt. Chief Controller of Explosives, South Circle, Chennai, Shri R. Venugopal, Dy. Chief Controller of Explosives, Hyderabad, Shri Thiagarajan, Controller of Explosives, Sivakasi T.N. and Shri S. Kandasamy, Dy. Controller of Explosives, Ernakulam are visiting the accident site to assist district administration and suggest measures to prevent similar incidents in future.