Emotional tributes have poured in for a man described as ‘Malta’s king of fireworks’.
Colin Muscat, 36, from Mosta, died in hospital after a major explosion at a fireworks factory near Salini on Saturday afternoon.
He suffered burns to 90 per cent of his body after a fire erupted, destroying the building he was working in.
His girlfriend Shirona D’Anastasi from Mosta, and friend Clint Grima of Dingli, were also rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
Four others were treated by paramedics at the scene for minor cuts and bruises after being pulled from the rubble.
A huge plume of smoke could be seen for miles in the sky above Malta following the horrific accident.
Devastated friends took to social media to pass on their condolences to Colin’s heartbroken family and pay tribute to him.
Elton J. Randich posted: ‘The heavens will have a lot more fireworks from today. Please keep an eye on us from up there.’
Sean Sultana said: ‘RIP Colin! You will remain FOREVER in the hearts of all fireworks enthusiasts, admirers and above all in ours.’
Maresca Spiteri wrote: ‘I am so shocked and still can’t believe it. Rest in peace Colim.’
Adam Portelli said: ‘A fantastic guy, never had anything but a smile on his face – especially when talking about feasts and fireworks. He was the king of fireworks in Malta.’
‘He brightened everyone’s day.’
Ciara Dimech wrote: ‘So hard to be saying this, cannot believe you are gone. One of the nicest and strongest guys I will ever know. RIP Colin.
‘You were taken too soon.’
Colin prepared fireworks and pyrotechnic shows for a number of special events in Malta as well as for traditional feast celebrations in Naxxar, San Gwann, Mosta, Floriana, Mellieha, Vittoriosa, Marsa and Msida.
The fireworks factory which was destroyed in the explosion belonged to the 11 February Pyrotechnic Society of San Gwann.
Friends posted pictures of his spectacular fireworks displays on Facebook as a tribute to his work.