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35-year-old Peter Paul Micallef from Fontana became the sixth victim of last Sunday’s fireworks factory explosion close to Għarb when he passed away at Mater Dei Hospital .

Mr Micallef was the son-in-law of fireworks factory owner Nenu Farrugia, who also lost his sons Noel and Raymond, his daugher-in-law Antoinette and Jean Pierre Azzopardi. The police reported that Mr Micallef passed away on Wednesday morning.

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 pregnant wife Antoinette from Fontana and 27-year-old Jean-Pierre Azzopardi from Zebbug in Gozo. 38-year-old Raymond Farrugia from Fontana passed away early on Tuesday.

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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