According to People’s Liberation Army Daily, Zhang was on his grenade throwing practice when the mishap happened at the Air Force Cadet School located in Xi’an, central China’s Shaanxi Province. The grenade’s pin was reportedly already pulled out and the man was supposed to throw the explosive at a rampart.
However, the grenade slipped out of his hand and landed near his feet without him noticing, according to the Daily Mail. Luckily, his trainer was in the area at the time.
He quickly dragged Zhang away from harm’s way into a trench just seconds before the grenade detonated. It exploded about 1 meter (3.3 feet) from where the two soldiers were standing.
A loud bang can be heard in the video when the grenade went off. Fortunately, both of them were not injured by the traumatic incident.