FIRECRACKERS

  • High level of pollution in cities across India after Diwali, Faridabad maintains prescribed standards October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: After the celebrations, in the the fallout of Diwali, the quality of air has gone alarmingly bad across the country. The Met department has predicted that the air will stay polluted for the next two days. On Thursday, the national capital recorded 210 micro grams per cubic metre...
  • 'Alok Nath cracker - won't burst, only gives ashirwad': 12 hilarious celebrity firecracker brands Indian Twitter users created for Diwali October 23, 2014

    There are innumerable campaigns to discourage people from buying firecrackers every year on Diwali. On social networking sites and in schools and colleges, students have taken a pledge to lighting diyas and candles instead of crackers this year.On Twitter, Indians users have come up with own celebrity firecracker brands. There...
  • Photos: 'Modi dhamaka!': From rockets to sparklers, firecrackers named after PM Narendra Modi take over the markets October 23, 2014

    Modi magic has taken over the firecracker market in Patna. Modi rocket, Modi chakri, Modi bomb, Modi phuljhari (sparklers) - firecrackers named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi are selling like hot cakes in Bihar ahead of Diwali as their demand is more than the ones named after former chief ministers...
  • Modi rocket, Modi chakri, and Modi bombs: Firecrackers named after PM Narendra Modi are in demand in Bihar ahead of Diwali October 22, 2014

    Patna: Modi rocket, Modi chakri, Modi bomb, Modi phuljhari (sparklers) - firecrackers named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi are selling like hot cakes in Bihar ahead of Diwali as their demand is more than the ones named after former chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar. "Modi's name is not only...
  • Assam village that has been making firecrackers for over 100 years gets a new logo to distinguish them from Sivakasi products October 22, 2014

    Guwahati: An Assam village has been making firecrackers for over a 100 years and has now got a logo that will help it distinguish from the hugely popular Sivakasi products. The traditional firecracker makers in Ganak Kuchi village in Assam's Barpeta district are determined to make their presence felt, at least...
  • Photos: Do you know how firecrackers are made? 24 photos of labourers making firecrackers for Diwali inside factories October 22, 2014

    Firecrackers are in great demand ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. How firecrackers are made inside the factory is something not many end users know of. Most of these factories are located in Siliguri, Champahati near Kolkata, and near Ahmedabad.For a number of children and women in the...
  • Social media war over 'Yes' or 'No' to firecrackers October 21, 2014

    New Delhi: We are living in dangerous times. The hyper social media 'activism' has made everything sensitive these days. It seems almost everybody is facing a Hamletian dilemma of 'to do or not do or 'to be or not to be'. The latest debate is over bursting of firecrackers during...
  • Andhra Pradesh: 8 killed in blast at firecracker manufacturing unit October 20, 2014

    Visakhapatnam: Eight people were killed and several others injured in an explosion at a firecracker manufacturing unit in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district. The incident happened at the Vakatippa village on Monday afternoon. The injured have been shifted to hospital. According to the police, there were 18 workers working in the unit...
  • Assam government's aid gives a new lease of life to the state's 130-year-old fireworks industry this Diwali October 20, 2014

    Barpeta: As India prepares to celebrate Diwali, the 130-year-old firework industry in Assam is getting a new lease of life this festive season. The state government's aid of almost Rs 7 crore is trying to fire-up the industry once again. The Barpeta fireworks industry in lower Assam was started way...
  • Nagar panchayat member arrested for illegally storing crackers September 21, 2013

    A member of the nagar panchayat in the Raya town of Mathura was arrested after illegally stored firecrackers were allegedly seized from his house, police said on Saturday. "Bura was arrested after different varieties of firecrackers were recovered yesterday from his house in Pattharwali Gali here," Deputy SP Rajendra Singh Yadav...
  • Andhra Pradesh: 3 die in firecracker unit explosion December 30, 2012

    Rajahmundry: Two women and a child were charred to death and four others injured in an explosion in a firecrackers manufacturing unit in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh Sunday afternoon. The explosion occurred at around 2 pm when 12 persons were working inside the premises of the Bhavani fire...
  • Tamil Nadu: Fire at a cracker factory in Salem, 7 dead December 25, 2012

    New Delhi: At least 7 people were killed in a fire at a firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu's Salem district on Tuesday. According to sources, five people died on the spot while two died in the hospital. The explosion took place around 2.30 pm. Fire and rescue personnel were rushed to...
  • Diwali: Fire fighters attend over 50 calls in Delhi November 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Fire fighters in the national capital attended over 50 calls tonight about firerelated incidents from across the city as Delhiites celebrated Diwali bursting crackers. The fire brigade got calls from almost all parts of the city but almost all of them were minor incidents. In the 20 hours from...
  • UP: 8 killed, 12 injured in firecracker explosion November 13, 2012

    Auraiya (UP): Eight persons, including six members of a family, were killed and 12 others injured on Tuesday in an explosion in a house where firecrackers were being manufactured illegally for the Diwali festival. The explosion took place at the house in Yaqoobpur town in Bela police station area this morning,...
  • Children forced into hazardous firecrackers making November 13, 2012

    Kendrapara: With demand for firecrackers swelling during Diwali, children are forced to help manufacture hazardous firecrackers in several villages in Odisha's Kendrapara district. The scene in villages, including Putinga, Keruan, Garapur and Sujanagar, is largely the same. These are hubs of locally made palmleaf firecrackers. Children sit together making them,...
  • Gujarat: Fire breaks out at firecracker market in Vadodara November 10, 2012

    Vadodara: A major fire broke out at a firecracker market in Vadodara on Saturday. The market had been temporarily set up for the sale of firecrackers for the festival of Diwali. According to sources, ten fire tenders were rushed to the spot. There have been no reports of damages or injuries...
  • TN: 37 dead, 45 injured in Sivakasi cracker factory fire September 5, 2012

    Chennai: At least 37 people were killed and 45 others injured in a fire at a firecracker factory in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu. The mishap happened at the Om Cracker factory in Mudalipetti, near Sivakasi on Wednesday afternoon. Nineteen dead bodies were taken to Sivakasi Government Hospital while 18 dead bodies...
  • CJ: Delhi flouts SC's ban on firecrackers October 20, 2009

    In 2005, the Supreme Court had banned the use of firecrackers post 10:00 pm. Last year our Citizen Journalist, Devashish Bhattacharya found that rules were openly flouted in the capital. When he took us on a similar tour this Diwali, he discovered that very little has changed. ...
  • Mallika crackers, Lalu bombs among Diwali fireworks October 16, 2009

    Patna: Lalu Prasad and Mallika Sherawat firecrackers will go off with a bang and Nitish Kumar rockets will soar into the night sky this Diwali in Bihar. Also in great demand are Sonia sparklers named after the AICC chief and Ramvilas Paswan firecrackers. The firecracker and the sparkler packaging have the pictures...
  • CJ reports cracker deadline flouted on Diwali October 30, 2008

    Every year on Diwali the city's noise and air pollution levels go up, keeping this in mind Supreme Court issued an order in 2005 banning the use of firecrackers post 10 pm. CJ Debashish Bhattacharya found nobody respecting the rule on Diwali night. ...
  • Politicians lose their sparkle, Dhoni shines this Diwali October 27, 2008

    Patna/Ranchi: The LaluRabri brand seems to have lost its spark this Diwali. Firecrackers named after the railways minister and his wife, a former chief minister of Bihar, were a staple but have gone missing this year to give space to "item girl brand firecrackers" and star cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. It...
  • Green Diwali saves money...and the planet! October 24, 2008

    Aarti Surendranath, former actress, socialite and environmentalist has been campaigning against firecrackers for a while, now. And it's just as well; there have been quite a few incidents in the recent past where people have even passed away or become deaf, and stray animals have suffered due to the use...
  • Mumbai still a clean city after Diwali fireworks November 10, 2007

    New Delhi/Mumbai: After a grand Diwali celebration on Friday night, citizens across the metros had to deal with a grand mess of waste paper from firecrackers. However, the streets of Mumbai looked spic and span even after Mumbaikars burst countless firecrackers. The city made sure that none of the nights leftovers...
  • Kids play with fire, make crackers November 14, 2006

    Sivakasi (Tamil Nadu): When the Australians win the Champions Trophy in Mumbai or a Delhiite gets married, firecrackers invariably become a part of the celebration. As the dazzling fireworks lit up the sky, what gets lost in the din is the fact that these firecrackers are manufactured by child labours. Sivakasi...
  • Briton burns bum with firecracker November 10, 2006

    London: A 22yearold man suffered internal injuries after lighting a small firecracker he had inserted into his buttocks, paramedics said on Thursday. The incident took place on Sunday, when Britain celebrated Bonfire Night, traditionally marked with fireworks to celebrate the Guy Fawkes' gunpowder plot to blow up Parliament in the...
  • Mumbai fireworks set to crack a record October 19, 2006

    New Delhi: Diwali is a time for sweets, gifts and of course fire crackers. And this time the fire works are all set to crack its way to the records in Mumbai and everyone can prepare themselves to be blown away. However, how long would a chain of firecrackers be?...