In late August, a main thoroughfare in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province collapsed, creating a sinkhole in the middle of a road.
At around 11.30am, a thick yellow smoke came spewing forth, which encompassed the surrounding area and nearby buildings. The incident occurred on Jianguo Bei Lu near Tiyuchang Lu.
Onlookers at the scene said that the smoke caused by the collapse smelled like natural gas, according to Asiaone.
Watch footage of the aftermath below (VPN off):
According to a post by Qianjiang Evening News’ Weibo account, the reason behind the collapse was said to be a result of construction on the city’s Metro Line 5. Water leakage in the connecting tunnel between Shanbao Qiao Station and Jianguo Bei Lu Station caused the collapse and the subsequent gas leak.
Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident as nearby residents were evacuated from the area and city workers have already begun road repairs.
[Cover image via @澎湃新闻/Weibo]