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ASSOCIATED PRESS, XINHUA (China)

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BEIJING – At least 26 people were killed Friday in central China after a truck carrying Chinese New Year's fireworks exploded and caused the collapse of a highway bridge.

It remains unclear how the truck’s load detonated, but the blast was powerful enough to destroy an 80-meter stretch of the highway in Mianchi County in Henan Province. One after another, around a dozen vehicles plunged 30 meters after the overpass imploded, reports Associated Press.

Beyond the death toll, at least 15 others were injured which involved heavy freight trucks, reported Xinhua news.

The vehicle was believed to be carrying material to make preparations for the upcoming Chinese New Year on February 10th.

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