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Centre rushes top explosives officials to Kollam to ascertain cause of temple fire
New Delhi, April 10, 2016
The Centre today said top officials from the Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) would visit the site of the explosion and fire during a fireworks display at the Puttingal Temple in Kolam district of Kerala early this morning, which left at least 110 dead and more than 380 people injured.
The officials will also suggest measures to prevent recurrence of similar incidents in the future, an official press release from the Ministry of Commerce & Industry said.
The officials are Dr. S. Kamal Chief Controller of Explosives, Nagpur, Dr. A. K. Yadav Joint Chief Controller of Explosives, South Circle, Chennai, Mr. R. Venugopal, Deputy Chief Controller of Explosives, Hyderabad, Mr. Thiagarajan, Controller of Explosives, Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu and Mr. S. Kandasamy, Deputy Controller of Explosives, Ernakulam, Kerala.
"The accident occurred during display of fireworks. 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.
"As per the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s directive Fireworks should be used only upto 10 pm. and as per as per Ministry of Environment and Forests Notification no. G.S.R. 682 (E) dated 05/10/1999 the noise level of cracker should not exceed 125 dB.
"Necessary advisory have been issued from time to time by Petroleum & Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), Ernakulam to all District Magistrates for grant of licences in Form LE-6 under Explosives Rules 2008 and safety measures to be taken," the release added.