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This is the moment a hapless street seller and her cart are covered in human waste and sent flying through the air after an underground sewer explodes beneath her feet.
The freak accident happened in the city of Yicheng in Central China’s Hubei Province at roughly 4:30pm on 26th April, local authorities have confirmed.
CCTV cameras show the otherwise still road suddenly bursting open at the centre, with the exploding asphalt sending the cherry trader and her pedicab flying and then crashing back onto the ground.
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Nearby witnesses stop in their tracks and then flee the scene as a large section of the road is left destroyed and unusable by the blast.
Yicheng police said the cherry seller suffered minor injuries and was not in any life-threatening condition.
She was taken to a local hospital for treatment, while no other pedestrians are thought to have been injured.
Authorities say the explosion was caused by a build-up of sewage biogas, including methane, which burst the pipes carrying them underground.
However, the incident is still under investigation and it is currently unclear what exactly triggered the explosion.
An estimate of the damage caused has also yet to be released by relevant authorities.