The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea challenging the Calcutta High Court's recent order directing a ban on the use of firecrackers in the upcoming festive season. .The vacation Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee dismissing the appeal today, orally observing, ."We understand these festivals are important. But when lives are at peril, any effort to save human life should be made."Supreme Court.Earlier this month, the Calcutta High Court had directed the State to ensure that firecrackers are not used, displayed or burst in West Bengal during Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations this year, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation..No firecrackers during Kali Puja, Diwali, other upcoming festivities in view of COVID-19 situation: Calcutta High Court [Read Order].A Bench of Justices Sanjib Banerjee and Arjit Banerjee ruled:In view of the unique problem brought about by the pandemic, the State should ensure that there is no use or display or bursting of firecrackers at all during the Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations.Only wax or oil-based diyas would have to suffice, for the greater good of the citizens and in the larger public interest.This direction as to firecrackers will be effective all over the State and will cover not only the Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations, but also the Chhat Puja, Jagadhatri Puja and Guru Nanak’s birthday celebrations thereafter.The compendious word “firecrackers” will include all types of sparklers and the like, whether or not the use or burning thereof involves any sound or light being generated..While passing the order the Court also noted that the State Government had already issued an appeal against the use of firecrackers this year in view of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the respiratory system.