This is the heart-stopping moment a manhole exploded after a boy put lit fireworks over the seal, igniting trapped methane from the sewer. The dramatic video was filmed in Chifeng City in Inner Mongolia on January 30.
It shows a young boy trying to put some lit fireworks through the manhole cover and it violently exploding. White smoke can be seen bursting out of the manhole while the cover and the bricks around it are sent flying, leaving a smoking hole in the ground. People rush from shops situated at the site of the blast to check what happened. The scared boy, seemingly unhurt, runs away immediately and shouts: ‘Mum, I am so scared.’
According to the police, the methane from the sewer met the flames on the firework causing the explosion. Three vehicles were damaged, but no one was injured. Strikingly similar CCTV footage, captured in Nanchong, Sichuan Province in 2017, showed a boy throwing a firework into a sewer, then a fiery blaze sending the cover into the sky.
The video showed passers-by running away as the boy falls to the ground. Fortunately, he was not injured.
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