Kerala: Government gives go-ahead for much-awaited fireworks in Thrissur Pooram Festival

A committee was constituted to frame guidelines following Puttingal temple fire tragedy in April last year, where more than 100 people were killed.

Kerala's Central Explosives Department has given a go ahead for using explosives during Thrissur Pooram festival. The consent given is however conditional in nature.

The permission will allow the traditional festival to go ahead with full vigour.

A committee was constituted to frame guidelines following Puttingal temple fire tragedy in April last year, where more than 100 people were killed.

Crackers which have been permitted to be used include palm leaf crackers, Gundu (Shell 6.8 diameters), Kuzhiminnal (4 inch), Kuzhiminnal of more than 8" or 10" not allowed, Amits - 6" (shell-15 cm diameter).

Conditions set by the explosives department are that no unauthorised chemicals would be allowed to be used in addition to the chemicals showing in test report for any of fireworks display items.

Agriculture Minister Sunil Kumar said: "Whatever the government can do to carry out the fireworks we have done it 100 per cent. All guidelines and security are being obeyed and followed by the state government".

In April 2016, a major fire had occured in Puttingal Devi temple in Kollam district where more than 100 people were killed following which a PIL was filed in Kerala High court on the use of explosives during temple festivals.

The High Court gave conditional permission for Thrissur Pooram and also directed Devaswom board to follow SC verdict of 2007 of fireworks.