(photo courtesy of The Sun)
Reuters reports that a huge explosion ripped through a fireworks factory in Northern Portugal on Tuesday, killing six people including the factory owner. At least four of the deceased were from the same family; two more workers are missing. It is unknown how many people were in the factory at the time of the explosion, but it is estimated that 15 people worked at the facility in the village of Avoes.
Dozens of firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene, but were unable to attack the blaze for some time due to ongoing explosions.
Another deadly fireworks catastrophe occurred less than four months ago in Mexico City. That epic blowout in a San Pablito market, took the lives of 42 people and injured dozens more just before Christmas. The San Pablito fireworks market – which once deemed itself the “safest” in Latin America – has exploded three times in the past 12 years.
NFPA has two codes that relate to professional use of fireworks; they do not apply to retail sales, associated storage or consumer use. NFPA 1123, Code for Fireworks Display applies to set up and operation of professional outdoor fireworks displays and NFPA 1124, Code for the Manufacture, Transportation and Storage of Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles covers the fire and life safety requirements for manufacturing, transporting, and storing fireworks, pyrotechnic articles, and any components containing pyrotechnic or explosive compositions.