Sivakasi is known throughout the world for fireworks production. 90% of India’s fireworks is produced here. The fireworks industry in Sivakasi is worth between Rs 800-1000 crore. The market for fireworks is likely to grow at the rate of 10% per annum.
There are nearly 450 fireworks factories giving direct employment to about 40,000 workers and about 1 lakh indirect such as paper tube making, wire cutting, box making in the country side.
Fireworks in Sivakasi also produce Military Weapons training items. They are used for training in armed forces. Some airports are using Sivakasi rocket to scare away birds to avoid bird hits of aircrafts.