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Three persons were confirmed dead and another two reportedly seriously injured in an explosion that occurred at a fireworks factory close to Għarb at around 18:10 CEST on Sunday.

Eyewitnesses said three powerful explosions were heard coming from the direction of the fireworks factory situated in the area of Toni tal-Gharb. A large mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke was also seen over the site soon afterwards. The explosions were heard over a wide area.

This was the fifth explosion involving a fireworks factory this year. One man died in a massive explosion at the Mosta fireworks factory in August, while two people died in an explosion at St Sebastian fireworks factory near Qormi in February and another man died in a similar blast at the Marsaxlokk fireworks factory in May. However, there were no injuries in an explosion at a Gharghurs fireworks factory in April.

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