Malta airport rocked by huge explosion at fireworks factory
An explosion has rocked a Malta airport that was the scene of a recent plane crash.
News outlets are reporting that the blast took place at 4.20pm (local time) outside Luqa airport. It is believed to have come from a fireworks factory in the vicinity of the town of Gudja.
RT.com is reporting that the town is currently celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Consolation, or Tac-Cintura, which takes place on the last Sunday of October.
“It was a powerful explosion followed by a number of smaller ones, the big one felt like an earthquake,” a local resident told the Times of Malta.
Two cars were destroyed in the blast and window panes in nearby buildings were shattered.
A fierce fire broke out after the explosion. It was quickly extinguished by fire-fighters.
Huge explosion im Gudja Malta fireworks factory just as we drove past pic.twitter.com/OagsZvAbbX— Japs (@bobmarleycsc) October 30, 2016
Last week the airport was the scene of an horrific plane tragedy that claimed the lives of five French nationals.
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They were due to head on a surveillance mission over the Mediterranean when the crash took place at Luqa airport in the island nation, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.