A man from Shapingba district in Chongqing wanted to celebrate his new minivan with a bang by letting off firecrackers, but ended up setting his car on fire instead.
According to China News, 44-year-old Mr. Fu had driven his shiny new 49,000 yuan minivan to his family home on Sunday and set off firecrackers around 1 p.m. with his family to commemorate both the coming Spring Festival as well as his new buy.
But within seconds, his family detected that something was amiss. Smoke had started to emit from the minivan, and soon after, flames started to encircle the entire vehicle. He attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but the flames had already become too uncontrollable by that point.
When the fire department arrived at 1:16 p.m., the minivan had already been consumed by swirls of huge flames. The metal body of the car had started to come apart, and the petrol compartment could have exploded at any point. The fire was put out after ten minutes with no resulting casualties.
“I had wanted to increase the festive atmosphere with the firecrackers, but who knew that this could have led to an accident?” a dismayed Mr Fu told reporters on Monday. “Fortunately, nobody was hurt – I’ll just have to take responsibility for my loss since my insurance company can do nothing about it.”
Along with the excitement of the New Year holiday comes an increase of firework-related accidents that can often result in deadly explosions. In December, a giant firework explosion in Xingning city, Guangdong province killed six people, including three children.
By Yuen Sin