Malta International Airport rocked by huge explosion at nearby fireworks factory
Smoke fills sky after explosion outside Malta airport0:29
An explosion outside Malta International Airport has caused smoke to fill the sky with reports of a series of smaller blasts following the main explosion. Courtesy: Twitter/@TheWaster
- October 31st 2016
- 3 hours ago
The explosion rocked the airport before a series of smaller blasts were heard, believed to be fireworks. Picture: Twitter/thewaster
TOURISTS were left terrified after a suspected fireworks factory, next door to Malta’s International Airport, caught fire and blew up.
According to The Sun, the explosion took place at 4.20pm local time and was reportedly so big it shook nearby village Gudja.
There were a series of smaller blasts after the main explosion, which bystanders compared to an “earthquake”.
— Television Malta (@TelevisionMalta) October 30, 2016
A number of flights in and out of the airport have now reportedly been delayed while officials assess how serious the situation is.
There are reports that the explosion came from a nearby firework factory, which is currently celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Consolation.
Huge explosion im Gudja Malta fireworks factory just as we drove past 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/OagsZvAbbX
— Japs (@bobmarleycsc) October 30, 2016
The fireworks were reportedly unused from yesterday’s festival due to the weather and being stored in a container when the blast happened, the Times of Malta reports.
Terrified eyewitnesses posted pictures online showing massive plumes of dark smoke rising from where the blast happened.
One local resident said: “It was a powerful explosion followed by a number of smaller ones, the big one felt like an earthquake.”
— Antonio Hidalgo (@Quixotehuelva) October 30, 2016
Another witness said: “We were passing by in my car with all the windows closed and the blast literally shook my car heavily.”
Nobody is thought to have been injured, but emergency services are currently on the scene and two people were treated for anxiety.
Reports coming from the country say the explosion was so powerful it was felt by people miles away.
— Already Happened (@M3t4_tr0n) October 30, 2016
The blasts come just days after a surveillance plane crashed shortly after take off at the airport when it nosedived and burst into flames.
Harrowing footage showed the moment the plane crashed killing five French anti-smuggling officials.
The crash was Malta’s worst peacetime aircraft accident.
MALTA: Video Captures Aftermath of Malta Airport Crash October 240:54
A twin propeller plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Luqa, Malta, on October 24, killing at least 5 people. The aircraft was believed to have been used by officials with Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. The reason behind the crash was not immediately clear. This video from a passenger boarding another flight captures the view after the crash. Credit: Instagram/madhouse_heaven
- October 24th 2016
- 7 days ago