One of the two men seriously injured in the fireworks factory near Gharb on Sunday has succumbed to his injuries.

The police reported that the 38-year-old Raymond Farrugia from Fontana passed away at around 03:30 CEST on Tueday. The only surviving victim, 35-year-old Peter Paul Micallef, is still fighting for his life in hospital.

The body  of 67 year-old Ninu Farrugia was found early on Monday by rescuers of the Civil Protection Department.  Farrugia was the fourth victim of the explosion at the Farrugia Brothers fireworks factory near Gharb that shocked the Gozitan community on Sunday afternoon.

Ninu Faarrugia was the owner of the factory. The three other victims were found late on Sunday. They were 31 year-old Noel, who is Ninu Farrugia’s son, Noel’s 27-year-old wife Antoinette from Fontana and 27-year-old Jean-Pierre Azzopardi from Zebbug in Gozo.

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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