Gharb firework factory explosion, 4 dead, 2 critically injured
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Update 8 – Video added – At 6.10pm on Sunday evening, tremors were felt across the island when devastating explosions ripped through a fireworks factory near Gharb. Three explosions were clearly heard, and a large plume of smoke could be seen over the area.
Four people are now known to have been tragically killed in the explosion and two others are in a critical condition at Mater Dei Hospital.
The four people who perished in this tragic event, were the factory owner, Nenu Farrugia, his son Noel and Noel’s wife Antoinette (who was said to be pregnant), all from Fontana, and a 27-year-old man from Zebbug, Jean Pierre Azzopardi.
The two men who are in critical condition at Mater Dei Hospital have been identified as another of Nenu Farrugia’s sons, Ray, and Ninu’s son-in-law Paul.
The factory had been busy preparing the fireworks for the feast of Our Lady of Victories, which is to be celebrated in Xaghra on Wednesday. The fireworks are understood to have been brought over from Malta early on Sunday morning.
Photographs are by Lorne Cremona – www.lornecremona.com.
The following video showing last nights tragic scene at Gharb has been posted on YouTube. We must warn our readers that they may find some of the content extremely upsetting.