Macau’s firecracker industry

The Macau Museum also dedicated a display to the firecracker industry in Macau – which I found very interesting. Macau does not have many natural resources, but it had skilled and cheap labour which resulted in a large firecracker industry in the 50s and 60s.

At its height, Macau boasted seven such factories and top in terms of local employment. ‘Fabrico en Macao’ miniature explosives soon became the must-have ingredients for all Chinese festivals world-over.

Unfortunately, not much of this proud Macau heritage remains today. The industry began to take a backseat in the 80s when laborers were drawn to better paid jobs and the safer working environment in the textile and toy making industries. The advent of China as the new firecracker manufacturing powerhouse further compounded the situation.

Here is an old video of the firecracker industry in Macau, many many many years ago:


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