Diwali orders for Sivakasi firecracker units not enough to lift spirits

Prohibition on use of chemical adds to pain of ban on firecrackers; industry appeals to Supreme Court for relief


Sivakasi, which makes over 90 per cent of the fireworks in India, have stopped the production of phuljhari, rolling chakri, and anar (flowerpot) following SC’s ban on barium | PHOTO: SHINE JACOB

Shine Jacob Chennai
Tamil Nadu’s Sivakasi, which makes most of the fireworks for India, has had a 30 per cent increase in orders after losing two years to the pandemic but the city’s business isn’t out of the woods yet.

Manufacturers want the government to lift a ban on the use of Barium nitrate and allow firecrackers during Diwali. They said the ban on Barium nitrate, an oxidising agent used in pyrotechnics, had affected the making of firecrackers like phuljhari (sparkler), the rolling chakri (ground spinner) and anar (flowerpot). “Without Barium, the quality of these products are not the same. In addition, this also led to the expansion of illegal markets this year. However, compared to the last financial year, we have seen

First Published: Oct 24 2022 | 3:20 PM IST

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