China firework truck bridge blast

At least four people have been killed after a lorry carrying fireworks for the Chinese New Year celebrations exploded on a highway bridge outside the city of Sanmenxia in eastern China.

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Conflicting reports on number of casualties in China

Fireworks for Lunar New Year celebrations exploded on a truck in central China, destroying part of an elevated highway and sending vehicles plummeting 30 meters to the ground.

State media had conflicting reports on the number of casualties. Early reports by China National Radio and other outlets of up to 26 people killed were later removed from websites.

The Xinhua News agency reported that four had died as a result of the blast.

Bridge collapses after fireworks explosion

A truck stops near a section of a partially collapsed bridge on the Lianhuo highway in Mianchi county, Henan province. Credit: Reuters

A truck carrying fireworks exploded on a highway bridge, leaving a lorry perched precariously at the broken edge.

At least four people have been killed, according to the Xinhua news agency.

Firework lorry blast in China kills 'at least 26'

A lorry carrying fireworks before the Chinese New Year celebrations exploded on a highway bridge today, killing at least 26 people as it sent vehicles plummeting to the ground.

The blast destroyed a section of the bridge outside the city of Sanmenxia.

Emergency crews closed the highway at the accident site, said China National Radio, which reported the death toll.

Photos posted on the news site Sina.com by Chinese citizens showed a stretch of elevated highway gone, with a truck perched precariously at the broken edge.

Other photos showed wrecked vehicles below and blackened chunks of scattered debris.