Intact firework components found in Sliema swimming zone
Small canisters and other plastic objects found on the rocks in the sea near Exiles in Sliema are firework components, sources within the pyrotechnic industry have confirmed.
A woman reported that she had found the objects while swimming near Independence Garden. She uploaded the photos, asking people to identify what the objects were and where they had to come from, stating that there were around 15 black cups and at least 20 of the balls found.
This newsroom at first contacted the Civil Protection Department (CPD), asking whether they could confirm that these were parts of fireworks. The CPD was unable to confirm they were.
Asked what precautions people should take when coming into contact with such items at sea, the CPD said that the best thing to do would be to inform the police and let them handle it.
While not confirming whether the objects were parts of fireworks, the CPD said that, if they were, they could possibly be dangerous. It said that such suspicious objects should always be reported to the police.
Sources within the firework industry later said that the spheres were part of coloured petards, known in Maltese as blalen tal-kulur, which had failed to ignite.