There was an explosion in a firework factory in Guadix yesterday, which left three dead and two injured.
Pirotecnia María Angustias has its workshops housed in caves on Calle Camino de Lugros. The force of the explosion collapsed the cave installation, burying three of the workers.
There had been six employees working at the time of the explosion, which took place around 18.00h yesterday evening, causing a large mushroom cloud.
It is still not known what caused the detonation, the force of which rattled windows in the nearby area.
Update 13.08h: The explosion did not occur in the cave where the three workers perished, but in an adjoining one. Two of them were killed by the blast and the third died when the cave/bunker collapsed on top of him.
After the Bomb Disposal Squad (Tedax) had secured the area, heavy machinery was called in to dig into the collapsed hillside to reach the three workers not accounted for. The front loaders and JCBs were provided free of charge by construction companies based in Guadix.
This is not the first incident of this kind that the firework factory has suffered; 14 years ago on June the 17th, 2004, two workers died in a blast.
(News: Guadix, Granada, Andalucia)