A 62-year-old man was critically injured this morning in a powerful explosion at a fireworks factory at Tas-Silg, near Marsaxlokk. Another man suffered serious leg injuries and four men suffered less serious injuries.
The blast took place at about 10 a.m. and was heard as far away as San Gwann. Hospital sources said the critically injured man was suffering severe burns to much of his body and was in intensive care.
The factory manufactures fireworks for the feast of St Catherine in Zejtun. The recently-built compound consists of a cluster of small rooms with open spaces where the fireworks can be manufactured.
Policemen, medical teams and Civil Protection Department rescuers rushed to the scene. Onlookers were kept at a safe distance amid initial fears that a fire at the site of the explosion could spread to a store containing more fireworks. The fire, however, was quickly broug
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