Explosives experts team to probe safety rules flouting in Kerala temple fire

Sniffing violation of rules in the conduct of fireworks show, which escalated into a massive blaze that killed more than 100 at Kerala temple, the government has dispatched a team of explosives experts to the site to probe the incident. "The officials from Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), Ernakulam, are visiting the accident site to assist the district administration in finding out the cause of accident and to suggest measures to prevent recurrence of similar incidents in future," the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in a statement here.

The team comprises S Kamal Chief Controller of Explosives, Nagpur, A K Yadav, Joint Chief Controller of Explosives, South Circle, Chennai, R Venugopal, Deputy Chief Controller of Explosives, Hyderabad, Thiagarajan, Controller of Explosives, Sivakasi, and S Kandasamy, Deputy. Controller of Explosives, Ernakulam. "Prima facie, from pictures seen on TV news channels, 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," the Ministry said. "As per the Supreme Court’s directive, fireworks should be used only upto 10 pm. and as per as per Ministry of Environment and Forests notification the noise level of cracker should not exceed 125 decibels," the Ministry further said. "Necessary advisories have been issued from time to time by PESO, Ernakulam, to all District Magistrates for grant of licences in Form LE-6 under Explosives Rules 2008 and safety measures to be taken," it added.

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