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Ice explosion conducted to prevent flooding in northeast China river

3 April 2019

A blasting operation was conducted on the frozen surface of the Heilongjiang River in Huma County of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Tuesday, in order to prevent the risk of flooding in the spring.

The blasted section covered 2.7 kilometers of the river and the explosives were put under the ice. As workers detonated the line of explosives, ice chunks were blown into the air, forming a momentary row of pillars. The spectacular ice blasting scene attracted a number of tourists, who were eager to snap pictures of the flying ice. Ahead of the operation, local police cordoned off the river and patrolled the ice to stop tourists from entering any dangerous areas.