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Post no.39

August 14, 2010

The 15th August Fireworks Factory in Mosta has been destroyed by an explosion today, 13th August 2010. Lives are believed to have been lost, however this has yet to be confirmed at the time of writing. Relatives of the missing persons have nothing to do but pray and hope against hope.

This is the fourth fireworks factory to be destroyed in 2010 alone. The other three are the Saint Sebastian fireworks factory in Qormi, the 25th November Fireworks factory at tas-Silg near Marsaxlokk, and the Saint Bartholomew Fireworks factory in Gharghur. Doesn’t this tell anybody anything? Isn’t it obvious that something’s wrong?

I am not a pyrotechnics expert nor, I suspect, are the people who work in these factories.  I find it very hard to believe that these explosions happen “just because” and that it’s just the luck of the draw. I’m sure that there are laboratory tests to check the minimum conditions required for these preparations to go off. Is there some sort of QC/QA system in place at each of these so-called factories to establish the quality of each raw material used?

I am under the impression that the “known explosives” are monitored by the relevant army division. But does anyone know how these are mixed with other compounds, and what these other compounds are?

It is possible that these mixtures are a trade secret. Can’t each “factory” employ a chemist, swear him or her to secrecy, and let him carry out the necessary tests?

I am no fireworks fan. I despise them. If it were up to me I’d ban the stuff. You may object and say that they’ll go underground and evade regulation. Duh! Are they regulated well enough – if at all – as things stand?

Oh well, we’ll just have to wait for the next one to blow up …


From → The Gripevine

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