For the period of a month, starting September 3, Mumbaiites have been banned from bursting crackers exceeding 125 decibels or chain crackers exceeding 105 decibels between 10pm and 6am.
“No person shall burn or set light to or throw a firework or send up a fire balloon or rocket on any street or building in Mumbai,” reads the order issued by deputy commissioner of police (Operations) Sanjay Barkund. “No person shall light fireworks between 10pm and 6am at any place. No person shall light fireworks in silence zones, which include hospitals, educational institutes and courts,” the order states.
According to the order, firecrackers such as tratary or martinicas contain phosphorous, a highly poisonous substance, and if swallowed by a child, could prove fatal. Those who violate the order will be fined or may even face imprisonment.
The police have banned apti bars (throw down) crackers, large crackers that exceed 21 gm in weight, maroon crackers which exceed 10cm in length, garland of crackers exceeding 20 feet in length or any crackers likely to generate a big fire.
The Mumbai police have also banned drones in the city as a precautionary measure.