Two die in firework explosion as town suffers new tragedy
Two people died as a result of an explosion in a Spanish fireworks factory just a short distance from the scene of a triple tragedy last year.
One of the victims, aged 49, was rushed to hospital by air ambulance following the accident in the mountain area of Guadix in Granada but died in the helicopter. The other man, aged 35 was seriously burnt and was transferred to a burns unit of a hospital in Seville. He lost his battle for life the following day.
Last November, three people were killed in an explosion at a different fireworks factory but in the same area of Guadix where caves are often used for storage.
It is understood 12 people were working in the factory.
Explosive experts were called in to search and seal off the premises in case there was a risk of a further explosion. There was a small fire but this was put out by firefighters.
Government sub-delegate in Granada, Inmaculada López Calahorro said the police were investigating the possible causes of the incident and if the company complied with all the regulations required by law.
The Bishop of Guadix expressed his pain “at the sad news of a new accident” in the town.
The unions CCOO and UGT held a demonstration and five minute silence to highlight the dangers of accidents in the workplace.