Man Lives After High-Volt Power Shock Sets Him On Fire

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report


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This is the moment a man cheats death despite his hand catching fire when he is zapped after grabbing onto a high-voltage power line.

Authorities in the town of Qingxi, which is in Dongguan in South China’s Guangdong Province, were called to the incident on Xiangmang West Road on 13th July.

Video taken by witnesses shows local resident Qi, who was identified by his surname, standing atop a street-level distribution transformer, right next to a utility pole and a series of power lines.

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Authorities who were unable to persuade Qi, 23, to climb down from the service transformer then watch as he turns and grabs hold of the high-voltage cables with his left hand, the video shows.

In the footage, Qi’s left hand catches fire from the electric shock, which also causes his entire body to become rigid as he collapses off the metal transformer unit onto the ground.

Incredibly, Qi is then seen apparently alive and still able to stand as police officers usher him to a stretcher and put him on top of it before an ambulance whisks him away from the scene with a police escort.

In a statement given on 16th July, the Qingxi Branch of the Dongguan Public Security Bureau said Qi was still receiving hospital treatment but was not in any life-threatening condition following the stunt.

However, they were still trying to track down his family, and the motives behind his actions are still unclear.

Reports did not say whether Qi was drunk or under the influence of drugs at the time.

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