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Permission needed for purchase, use of firecrackers in Lucknow

Alarmed over the Kerala temple tragedy, Lucknow district administration has warned of strong action if permission was not taken for use of fire crackers during any social event, and made it mandatory for shopkeepers to ask for photo identity card of the purchasers.

In a stern directive, District Magistrate Raj Shekhar said it was henceforth mandatory for the public to take written permission from local administration for display of fireworks on such occasions, especially marriages.

The order will come into force from April 21. The marriage season is also about to begin.

The directive comes two days after a fireworks display went out of control at a temple in Kerala, leaving more than 100 people dead and hundreds others injured.

The permission for use of fire crackers in any function will have to be taken under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) which prohibits any organisation or group from carrying any lethal items and explosives.
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