SC Ban On Sale Of Firecrackers In Delhi-NCR May Have A Loophole: Online Retail

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| October 10 , 2017 , 16:26 IST

Retracting its earlier statement made on September 12 permitting the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region, the Supreme Court on Monday banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR until November 1, thereby bypassing the Diwali period during which the sale and use of firecrackers skyrocket.

However, there may be a loophole to the ban on the sale of firecrackers, in the form of online sale. The apex court has reportedly missed out on detailing any protocol to ban or allow the sale of firecrackers online, which is not as common as offline retail.

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There are several firecracker companies that have legitimate websites from where customers can buy the firecrackers online and have them home delivered. Popular websites include, ayyanonline,,, and even e-bay, which provide entire sets of 'Diwali firecrackers'.

The blanket ban announced on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR had been ordered with a goal to reduce the pollution in the national capital, however since the ban simply bars the sale of firecrackers and not the bursting of them, if people can obtain the firecrackers, they can legally burst them.

While the apex court has not mentioned the online sale of firecrackers, advocates have weighed in.

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“Say for example the firecracker business is based out of Bengaluru, and the order is made from Delhi, the seller can reject the order considering the area of purchase falls under the SC order. Likewise, if the firecracker brand is selling its products online from Delhi, it should ideally curb its practices because the SC has banned sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR,” said advocate Ashish Dixit.

The SC order has also not specified whether bringing in firecrackers from other states such as Uttar Pradesh and Haryana is allowed.

The goal of the Supreme Court bench to test the effects of a 'cracker-free' Diwali on the pollution levels of the Delhi-NCR region, may not face full success this season as many loopholes remain to bring in firecrackers and those already having a stock can also burst them.