Delhi battles fire dread on Diwali night; authorities respond to over 300 calls, two children killed
According to the Delhi Fire Services (DFS), a record number of 271 fire-related calls were received by its offices till midnight on Diwali and 74 more calls till 8 am on Thursday. A DFS official said that though the number of fire-related calls was more as compared to previous years, there has been a decline in cases of fire triggered by burning of firecrackers. The officials, however, did not provide any exact break-up.
Day after Diwali, Delhi air quality plunges to 'severe-plus emergency' category due to bursting of toxic crackers
The "severe-plus emergency" in Delhi essentially means that even healthy people may suffer from respiratory illnesses on a prolonged exposure to such polluted air.
Delhi does not care for the Supreme Court, worse it does not care for itself. Despite the ruling that the bursting of firecrackers on Diwali and other festivals can only take place between 8 pm and 10 pm, Central Pollution Control Board's data suggested that the PM 2.5 was 697 and shudders from firecrackers near and far could be heard all night.