29/10/2015 11:54 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

SC Refuses To Ban Firecrackers This Diwali

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Boy (4-5) holding flashing sparkler during Diwali celebration

NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday refused to ban bursting of firecrackers this Diwali.

A PIL seeking ban on crackers was filed by advocate parents of three infants - Arjun Gopal, Aarav Bhandari and Zoya Rao Bhasin.

The apex court further directed the Centre to publish pollution awareness advertisements from October 31 to November 12.

A bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Arun Kumar said the apex court had issued a series of directions on the same in 2005 according to which crackers should not be burst after 10 p.m.

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