The Malta Independent 25 September 2022, Sunday
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Watch: Fireworks that caused fire in Gozo had all necessary permits

Sunday, 20 June 2021, 11:29 Last update: about 2 years ago

A fire that broke out in the area known as l-Irdum tas-Sikek, in Xaghra, Gozo, made the rounds on social media, as it was apparently caused by a fireworks display.

The fire broke out at 11.30 pm on Saturday evening, and Gozo and Civil Protection Officers were already on site.

"From investigations carried out, it resulted that fireworks were let off in the area with all the necessary permits. CPD officers were present during the fireworks display," the police confirmed with The Malta Independent.

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"No injuries were reported and fire was controlled by the officers on site. Police investigations are ongoing."

The Environment and Resources Authority issued a statement. "Following a second case of fires in one week in protected areas, ERA would like to appeal for responsibility and adequate care for natural habitats in Malta. ERA investigated overnight reports on a case off L-Irdum tax-Xagħra, Gozo, which is within a protected area, which sustained considerable damage due to an extensive fire in the area. ERA is still assessing the extent of the ecological damage caused and has requested the assistance of the Police for further action which will be taken accordingly."


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