This is the moment a row of bus passengers have glass shards sprayed in their face when an exploding gas cylinder inside a car boot shatters all the windows next to them.
The dramatic incident was captured on the onboard security camera on the number 369 bus in the city of Harbin, capital city of China’s north-eastern province of Heilongjiang.
In the video dated 22nd March, the bus carrying more than 10 passengers can be seen stopped on Xuefu Road when all the windows on its left side suddenly erupt and send glass flying into the faces of commuters sitting near them.
A black Volkswagen saloon car, which has had its windows and door blown out, is seen stopped next to the bus with its boot lid flung open.
According to reports, the car was transporting three gas cylinders in its boot, with one of them exploding unexpectedly.
The authorities said eight bus passengers and the saloon car owner suffered minor injuries and were taken to the Second Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University for treatment.
Two other cars were damaged during the blast, reports said.
Bus driver Qi Kedong told local media: “The car approached [my bus] and exploded for some reason.
“The blast shattered my bus’s windows.
“I’ve now seen the gas cylinders in the car boot.
“The driver said he didn’t know cylinders could cause such a powerful explosion.”
The cause of the explosion was still being investigated at the time of writing.
Harbin police have detained the VW owner for questioning.
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