Two explosions occurred at a family-owned fireworks depot and fireworks factory.
Five people died on Wednesday, November 20, in Sicily in the explosion of a warehouse and a fireworks factory, widely used in Italy at the end of the year, announced firefighters and carabinieri Italian. Two explosions occurred in a warehouse and a fireworks factory of the family company Costa, known in Italy, in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, in the department of Messina.
Two employees of Bagnato, an outside firm that was handling, and the wife of the 71-year-old owner of the factory, died, apparently on the spot. An injured man succumbed to his wounds at the hospital, and a worker who had been reported missing was found in the rubble. The firefighters continued the search for possible other victims in the night.
Three others were injured: two workers, one seriously injured, and the owner's 37-year-old son, who was taken to the Palermo hospital because of the seriousness of his injuries. According to the carabinieri, the latter tried to save his mother, despite severe burns all over the body.
The local prosecutor's office opened an investigation to determine the causes of the explosion, which occurred around 16:45. “According to the first evidence, it seems that there were two explosions because inside the factory there were workers with welding machines.The sparks would have reached the pyrotechnic powder, causing explosions”Giancarmine Carusone, commander of the Barcellona carabinieri, told the press.