Barasat: A five-year-old boy has been killed in a firecracker explosion in West Bengal”s North 24 Parganas district, police said on Wednesday.
The incident took place in Barpol in Barasat police station area on Tuesday when some boys lit a ”chocolate bomb” and put it in a metallic box. The explosion took place and a piece of metal pierced the neck of the five-year-old boy who was standing nearby, an officer said.
He was rushed to Barasat State General Hospital, where doctors declared him dead, he said, adding that the body has been sent for post-mortem examination and further investigation.
Last week, the Supreme Court had said that under the guise of green crackers, banned articles are being used by firecracker manufacturers. SC reiterated its earlier order banning joint crackers must be complied with by every state. A bench of Justices M R Shah and A S Bopanna said the top court is not averse to celebration but not at the cost of life of other citizens. “Celebrations do not mean use of loud crackers, it can also be with “Fuljhaddi” and the like which are not noisy”, it said.
“Despite the fact that there is a specific ban on joint crackers, if you go to any state or city or any celebration, joint crackers are openly available in the market. Our order must be complied with. It is not the question whether one content or the other. It is being sold openly in the market and used by people. We would like to know if a ban is there, how come they are available in markets,” the bench further added.