A villager in Binzhou, Shandong province was photographed carrying a six-meter-long plastic bag filled with natural gas back to his home via bicycle on Friday.
By collecting the gas illicitly from a natural gas tank, villagers can get free power, and seem to do so regardless of the dangers (and conspicuousness) involved, according Tencent News.
This practice is not uncommon in Shandong province. Back in February 2012, Sohu reported about other people in Binzhou pilfering natural gas. This past July, iFeng News also covered the same issue in Zibo, another city of Shandong.
“Stealing natural gas can be as simple as breaking into a locked meter and flipping a switch or as complicated as digging into the ground and tapping into gas lines before they reach a meter,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
And with the hazards it poses, it hardly seems worth it.
Zhang Li, an employee of a natural gas corporation in Zibo, told the iFeng News that “The natural gas could leak from the plastic bags when villagers carrying them back home. Any nearby spark caused by static could cause a gas explosion.”
By Dina Li