26 Tonnes Of Fireworks Go Off As Overturned Lorry Burns

Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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This is the moment 26 tonnes of fireworks go off after a lorry carrying the flammable cargo overturned on a motorway before catching fire.

Footage from Qixingguan District in the city of Bijie, which is in south-western China’s Guizhou Province, show the heavy goods vehicle lying on its side as smoke and flames rise from the wreckage.

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Brightly colour sparks fly from the charred trailer and numerous popping and whizzing sounds can be heard as all 26 tonnes of firework cargo are ignited during the accident.

According to the Bijie fire service, the crash happened as lorry driver Mr Tan and his passenger were using the circular slip road to exit Bijie Ring Expressway.

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The vehicle, which was apparently travelling too fast, overturned on the motorway and caught fire shortly after, injuring both occupants.

Some six fire engines and 32 fire crew were dispatched to tackle the blaze, which was brought under control after two hours with the help of a remote-controlled water cannon drone, the authorities reported.

Mr Tan and his passenger suffered no life-threatening injuries but received treatment at a local hospital.

According to the driver of the heavy goods vehicle, he and his passenger had left China’s central province of Hunan the day before, with the shipment of fireworks meant to be sold locally in Bijie.

The slip road had been temporarily closed during the aftermath of the accident but has since been reopened to traffic.

An investigation into the crash was still ongoing at the time of writing.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.