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Fireworks Ka-Boom Destroys Chinese Highway Bridge

Big Fireworks + Shoddy Construction = Missing Bridge

A TRUCK CARRYING A LOAD OF FIRECRACKERS BOUND FOR the Lunar New Year's Day sales in Henan Province, central China, blew up while traveling across a highway bridge Friday morning. 


The force of the explosion brought down the overpass and several autos and other trucks with it in a 90-ft. drop.  Nearly 300 feet of bridge was destroyed.


The official government news releases say that six people have died, but early witness reports say that there may have been as many as 20 or more deaths.  Several independent news sources are quoting 26 fatalities and about a dozen injured.

This truck barely made it.  (Reuters)

The (UK) Daily Mail has more details and an extensive photo gallery HERE.

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