When playing with fireworks in China goes wrong….

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A fire set off by fireworks to celebrate the Lunar New Year destroyed a five-star hotel in northeast China, state media reported Thursday. The official Xinhua New Agency said the fire gutted the hotel in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, before dawn Thursday. No injuries were reported.

Xinhua said firefighters had trouble dealing with the fire because their fire engines shot water up only 165 feet, while the building was 720-feet tall. The nearby Sheraton Lido hotel was also evacuated, Reuters reported.

New Year fires are common in China, with the Beijing News saying there were more than 160 small ones in the capital alone. The most famous in recent years destroyed a hotel under construction next to state broadcaster CCTV’s iconic headquarters in Beijing in 2009.


Besides the fact that the entire 70-story hotel went up in flames….you gotta admit this is one of the coolest (albeit scariest) things you’ve ever seen!


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