Four people died and three were injured following a blaze at a fireworks factory in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, a small town near Messina, on Wednesday.

Footage filmed after the incident shows teams of firefighters at the scene and others standing near the cordoned off area

The wife of the factory owner and employees from a maintenance company were among the dead, while the owner's son was severely injured.

According to first reports, sparks from the workers' welding machines ignited the gunpowder causing two explosions.

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