- The central explosives department has given permission to conduct the fireworks display
- Several safety measures, including fire hydrants, are set to be installed at the Pooram ground
The central explosives department has given permission to conduct the fireworks display in the traditional way, using low-decibel pyrotechnics such as Malappadakkam, Amittu and Kuzhiminnal. However, the department has refused to lift the ban on using dynamite and placed certain restrictions on the use potassium chloride.
The department has also stipulated the size and volume of different types of fireworks to be used. Several safety measures, including fire hydrants, are set to be installed at the Pooram ground to avoid accidents.
A team comprising officials of the explosives department will visit Thrissur on Tuesday, in connection with this. The team will monitor all pyrotechnics displays conducted during Pooram. The sample fireworks display will be held on Wednesday while the main one will take place on Saturday night.
The order comes a day after Paaramekkavu Dewaswom stated that Pooram could be reduced to a mere ritual if permissions are denied for the famedfireworks display.
Pooram, known for its colourful fireworks and caparisoned elephants, is a tourist attraction and is held annually. This year, the grand finale of the week-long festivities is slated to be held on Friday, May 5.
Restrictions on fireworks had been imposed in the state following the devastating mishap during a firework show at Puttingal Devi Temple at Paravoor in Kollam last year that left 108 people killed and scores severely injured. Last year, Kerala High Court had allowed low-decibel fireworks display in the night during Pooram.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:46 PM IST