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Three die, three injured in Italian fireworks factory blast

11 July 2014

An explosion at the Pirotecnica Paolelli fireworks factory in Tagliacozzo near L'Aquila in central Italy on July 9 killed three staff members, including the son of the owner, according to the ANSA news agency. All three bodies have been recovered, including one at a distance of 100 m from the presumed site of the first explosion.

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A further three people were injured in the explosion, but all are now out of danger.

Witnesses said there were three blasts within fifteen minutes at around 1200 GMT, sparking a fire within the more than 100-year old factory.

Prosecutors have opened an investigation into multiple manslaughter and culpable negligence at the site.

Four people were killed last year in a similar accident at a fireworks factory in Pescara.

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