Show-cause notices were issued to two fireworks units at Marranery in the district for staying open on Sunday without official approval and other violations under the Factories Act.

K.Ayyanu, Director of Industrial Safety and Health, Chennai, conducted surprise checks on some fireworks units in the district on Sunday. In the wake of the blast at New Rathna Fireworks factory at Naranapuram near Sivakasi on April 28, which claimed eight lives and caused burn injuries to four others, officials conducted inspections on the factories.

Accompanied by P.Sundaram, Joint Director of Industrial Safety and Health, Sivakasi Division, and V.Periyasamy, Joint Director of Industrial Safety and Health, Virudhunagar Division, and four Deputy Directors, Mr.Ayyanu visited 22 factories at Marranery, Vembakottai, Guganparai, Panaiyadipatti and Elayirampannai

Mr.Ayyanu instructed district-level officials to strictly enforce the rules, and conduct checks on factories on Sundays as well to avert mishaps in the future. He also told them to take severe action against those violating the rules.

Meanwhile, District Collector T.N.Hariharan conducted a meeting here on Monday and reviewed the performance of five teams of experts (two teams from Virudhunagar and three from Sivakasi) formed in the wake of the Naranapuram blast.

Mr.Periyasamy also convened a meeting of the owners of fireworks factories here recently to explain the need to follow guidelines and the consequences of even minor violations of norms.

Around 370 fireworks factories are functioning in the Virudhunagar division.