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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Malta airport rocked by huge explosion at fireworks factory

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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.

Last week the airport was the scene of an horrific plane tragedy that claimed the lives of five French nationals.

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.

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