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That's how they're made! German vlogger offers rare glimpse into local fireworks factory
It's not everyday you get the chance to see a firework factory up close

Caroline Curmi

Often, we associate firework factories with the image of a few small rooms in the middle of fields, a distance away from residential areas. Aware of the danger they pose, many have seen a fireworks factory only from afar, with only a few people (mostly fireworks enthusiasts) having ventured inside it. However, collective curiosity is about to be satisfied thanks to one German YouTube channel, which offers an exclusive (and very safe) glimpse into the inner workings of a local factory. 

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FireworksandBalloons is a YouTube channel which features interesting videos about fireworks and hot air balloons, amongst other things. With over 20 million views generated across all uploads and 118,000 channel subscribers, it is one of the biggest voices on the topic on YouTube.

Filmed in German, the vlog offers a brief explanation of Maltese culture, veers into local festa traditions and includes an extensive tour of a fireworks factory in preparation for Mosta's Santa Marija celebrations, arguably the biggest Christian celebration of the summer.

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The narrator discusses different types of murtali (fireworks) and talks about giggifogu (ground fireworks) at length. He marvels at the enthusiasts' celebrations at seeing their creations light up: “they really get carried away,” he says as the video zooms in on young men jumping and cheering as the giggifogu burns up.

“But now enough with the wheels, there are still some crazy ones [to see]!” the narrator says as the vlog transitions into a factory tour. He remains impressed by the sheer size of some of the fireworks: “There are large calibers sometimes twice as large as in Germany.”

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The vlog, which has already amassed 20,000 views since being uploaded yesterday is available in German, with the option of auto-generated captions in English. The translation is not always accurate, but nevertheless, the vlog provides an interesting peek into the inner workings of a Maltese firework factory.

Check out the full video below:

To see the video with English subtitles, click on the spanner icon, then 'subtitles/cc' and then auto-translate. Happy viewing!


Caroline Curmi
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Caroline Curmi
When she’s not having a quarter-life crisis, Caroline is either drawing in a café, frittering her salary on sushi or swearing at traffic in full-on Gozitan. There is also the occasional daytime drink somewhere in the equation. Or two. A creative must be allowed at least one vice.

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