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Dramatic explosions in a frozen river created “geysers” of ice in China last week.
On April 2, workers in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang blew up a frozen river — a precautionary action to control flooding as the spring weather gets warmer.
Officials of the Water Affairs Bureau in Huma County authorized the blasting, which covered an expanse of 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles).
Explosives were planted under the ice and detonated on cue.
To ensure safety, officials conducted inspections and installed warning signs to keep people off the blasting site.
Tourists showed up on a designated safe area to witness the dramatic explosion.
“With each boom, ice flew dozens of meters into the air! It was spectacular and thrilling,” said Li Qui, a visitor from Shanghai.
This appears to be the first time the local government blasted the area, which happens to be at the Sino-Russian border.
Images via YouTube / CCTV