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Sivakasi cracker industry looks for a sparkle

The fireworks industry of Sivakasi has been hit by restrictive explosives laws and growing Chinese domination of the sector. But by adopting new strategies, the cracker companies look set to brighten up the sky

Workers make crackers at a factory in Sivakasi   There’s a sense of the inevitable in Sivakasi town. There have been intense campaigns against firecrackers in cities and the people are buying less of the pyro products of the town. Besides, access to cheaper fireworks from China is cutting into the earnings of the industry. On top of that, the government has cracked down on unlicensed manufacturing units. The industry estimates that up to 80 units have shut shop in the past one year and around 20,000 people have lost their jobs. Strangely, Sivakasi is ...