Maltese Firework Factory Explosion
Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:53 PM
sadly 4 people died with 2 critical. if any of you manage to find a video of it ( will try and get link further in this post) but seems like the whole factory just went of at once, not just lots of shells like you usually see at any firework factory explosion. here is the report : --->right here<----- (couldnt find the other video)
anyways thats all if you didnt hear about it
Posted 07 September 2010 - 08:52 PM
The report is followed by lots of people saying that fireworks should be banned. Understandable in the circumstances, but as we know, not to the point. The Maltese love their fireworks and it's a proud tradition going back a hundred years. What it needed is a cool evaluation of what happened & the putting in place of measures to make the factories safer.
Also, as I read it the fireworks were taken to Gozo from the factory - is this another 'factory' accident that was actually storage or fusing?
Posted 07 September 2010 - 11:35 PM
My heart go`s out to all those families & friends of the victims.
P.S- There is youtube film of the aftermath,...which maybe `Karls` recordings?, but I can`t quite bring myself to post them on here so soon after the tradegy.
Posted 08 September 2010 - 07:41 AM
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 12:38 PM
If you can do something like that, go for it, though it might be better if there was a separate one for each event. I suspect a lot of the smaller factories in Malta don't really realise the respect that is held for them around the pyro-world.
hrm that sounds like a thing i could set up, maybe like just an online "1 topic thread" where people from around the world can just post their condolences in one huge thread ? so the familys of those lost to fireworks or explosives can read the comments, it wont be a haters thread of fireworks, just condolences ? :/ just a suggestion
Posted 16 September 2010 - 05:40 PM
My brother returned from Malta today but I doubt he's heard more. The suggestion is that they were loading or unloading a van full of shells but it's too early to speculate.
A longer news video below (Maltese):
Posted 28 September 2010 - 11:00 AM
Another man is missing and feared dead while two men aged 32 and 35, are in intensive care at Mater Dei Hospital, having been airlifted by AFM helicopter.
People near the area said they heard three powerful blasts from the factory, located is an isolated valley near Gharb. A mushroom-shaped cloud formed over the scene and debris was scattered over a wide area. A number of cars were destroyed. Windows at some residences near Gharb were shattered.
Policemen and Civil Protection Department rescuers arrrived within a short time and started the search for possible survivors. The search continues on Monday morning.
The victims were all from the same family.
The police said the dead were Noel Farrugia, 31 and his wife Antoinette, 21 of Fontana and 27-year-old Jean Pierre Azzopardi of Zebbug.
Noel's father Ninu is missing.
The two injured men are also related to Ninu. They are his son Ray and his son-in-law Pawlu.
The fireworks were being prepared for the feast of Our Lady of Victories being celebrated in Xaghra on Wednesday. It is understood that most of the fireworks had been manufactured in Malta.
Magistrate Paul Coppini is holding an inquiry.
This was the second explosion at the same site in five years. The other blast, in August 2005, took place during the night. No one was killed or injured.
The tragedy at Gharb is the worst in a bitter year for fireworks enthusiasts. A man died in an explosion at the August 15 fireworks factory in Dwejra, Mosta on August 13 and another died last May at St Catherine's Fireworks Factory in Marsaxlokk.
Two men lost their lives in February at the St Sebastian Fireworks Factory in Qormi and another two escaped unhurt in another explosion at St Bartolomeo Factory in Gharghur in April.
Live footage recorded during a football match:
You can actually hear the explosions.
Very sad this happened
Not the first time there...
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