China Menaced by Exploding Manhole Covers


China’s manhole covers have lately been scything through the air as a result of mysterious underground explosions.

The most recent incident occurred in China’s Anhui province early one morning, when two iron manhole covers weighing tens of kilograms each were suddenly blown out.

Such was the force of the bast that a motorbike parked on one of the covers was propelled over a 2m high fence into the grounds of a neighbouring apartment building. Other bikes parked nearby were knocked over.

Local residents were woken by the blast, but as it was 5AM there appear to have been neither direct witnesses nor casualties.

Engineers from the local gas company investigated, determining it “looked like some kind of gas explosion,” but they could not determine whether it was due to a gas leak in the sewer or a build-up of methane from decaying organic matter. As a precaution they turned off the local gas supply whilst they tested the pipes.

The city in question is no stranger to flying manhole covers – similar incidents occurred in 2007 and twice in 2010. In the 2007 incident injuries resulted from flying bikes, whilst in the most recent 2010 incident all the manholes down a 100m stretch of street were sent flying by an explosion in the sewers.

Public infrastructure of questionable quality is of course nothing new in China either…


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    08:53 30/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Really what were they thinking when they decided to make a manhole cover out of concrete and what appears to be bamboo?
    You don't need to be an engineer to know why this won't work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 30/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Why not? It's reinforced concrete! *grin*

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    Comment by Vitu
    09:00 30/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yeah... as a student engineer, they should be reinforced with iron, But either way it seens THAT was not the problem (this time)...

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    16:12 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never underestimate the power of people out of their right mind >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "there is the potential for new jobs for making these things. Now all there is needed is an entrepreneur to sell the "
    But in the end the government official in charge would buy normal manhole covers and pocket the difference.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Uncommon0taku 11:18:

    If they DON'T replace the receptor rings, the 20-cm-thick ceramic manhole cover takes the added functionality of a speed bump!

    More likely, they DON'T replace the receptor rings, and they DON'T make the ceramic plates thick enough to do the job safely... and a random driver has a Bad End.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:41 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    as much as I'd like to agree that nobody would steal a "Worthless" piece of ceramic, I must direct your attention to the articles on the chinese brick and sewage theives.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    11:18 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem with iron being stolen by salavagers and flimsy facsimilies being made of clay and bamboo could be easily solved.

    All they need to do is make Kiln Fired Ceramic covers that weigh the same as an iron manhole cover. The only problems is that the female part where the cover would normally sit, will have to be changed out to accomodate the new covers.
    Because the new ceramic covers will have to be at least 20cm thick, to handle the load of heavy vehicle traffic.

    No body in their right minds will want to steal a worthless huge hunk of ceramic.

    Just by switching to ceramic covers and the new receivers, there is the potential for new jobs for making these things. Now all there is needed is an entrepreneur to sell the government on the concept and start making them.

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    Comment by Sado-Sensei
    09:41 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese rebar?

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    Comment by Bayonette
    14:51 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, and it's lightweight than iron!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:31 30/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    it kind of looks like popsicle sticks to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:58 30/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You don't know that iron cover is always stolen in china? You can make a few bucks for selling iron pieces of the size like manhole cover.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:38 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Most likely the reason as to why they are the way they are. We've had manholes stolen many times over here in England. But I guess not enough to the scale of China....yet.

    Then again our copper wires are like hot cakes and gets snatched up like no tomorrow. If you ever come to England and the trains are delayed, it's probably some pikeys and chavs at work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    they're bound to explode anyway, so why bother with all the expensive stuff?

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    02:41 01/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Next on news: "China menaced by exploding chop sticks"

    I guess nothing in China doesn't explode except their bombs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wood and concrete... lol, not concrete, clay/dirt dried in the sun so it's like a brick. china-you so silly.


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    Comment by Benoist
    01:17 01/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    bad idea : there, people steal bricks (and btw die)

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    Comment by Manjix
    18:53 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese Bamboo is very strong!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I half expected it to be polystyrene... though this does not disappoint either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:55 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed..... China 'quality' is becoming more and more apparent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know, growing up watching anime, I thought Tokyo was the most combustible country according to Law #11 but reading all the articles here about China blowing up made me to think otherwise...

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    10:15 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    *In the sewers, a figure is seen cooking something in a pot*

    Voice 1:For the last time, stop touching those chemical's Mickey!!! The last time, you blew apart Master Splinter's earlobes with that headphone you made...

    Voice 2: Relax, Don! I'm just making something I saw on the internet that'll aide us against shred-head...

    Let's see, I add this--

    *pot starts to boil*

    Voice 2: I think I've done it!

    *pot starts to shake like hell*

    Voice 1: Mickey, what the fuck!?!

    Voice 2: Cowabung--

    *scorched turtle shells fly in the air...Along with green bodyparts*

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:00 30/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    you know, when I read the second and third paragraphs, I kinda thought you were talking about Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
    turns out, you were talking about the Ninja Turtles.

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    Comment by Kyle8910
    17:38 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Neko-tan, why does Azure's story not make sense? He clearly described the cause of the explosions! Upset they aren't located in the right country?

    Well, it made me laugh anyway.

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    Comment by Kubo Toshimitsu
    12:51 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The rep-downs are most likely because your story doesn't make any sense. :-)

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    02:41 01/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, I understand the negative votes, since it does not make sense to anyone who hasn't seen TMNT...

    I actually wrote that based on a very old TMNT episode in the 90's of Michelangelo experimenting with Donatello's lab chemicals (minus the gore and profanity)...

    Honestly, I saw the sewer manhole explosion and it reminded me of that one episode all those years back...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 30/09/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    bamboo is a pretty good and cheap alternative to reinforced concrete. so stop talking shit, nerd.

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    Comment by Megidola
    09:21 30/09/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Free air travel in China = stand on nearest manhole cover

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    09:41 30/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Caution: Passengers may not arrived at their destination in good shape..

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    10:01 30/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Welcome to Mann.Hole Air, an even cheaper domestic alternative!

    No registration, no deposits, no guarantee!

    Our flight designs will revolutionise the aviation industry, using minimal gas usage per flight, at the cost of your safety!

    Just drop by one of our many aviation kiosks located at major roads in the city, clicks your heels together while wishing to your destination and we'll drop you to there (hopefully) in one piece!

    Hurry now, and we'll even throw in a pair of Gunboats shoes made from bamboo!
    (Terms and Conditions apply)

    Happy travels,
    Municipal of Anhui, China.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    12:05 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ha! Ha! MAN-hole air!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:22 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I can imagine in my head Yoshii-kun saying this exact line in the anime.

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    Comment by ukame
    23:48 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your dialogue reminds me of Cave Johnson in portal 2. I can definitely see him voicing this announcement.

    Happy Travels,
    Cave Johnson

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:52 01/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    You get cookies for noticing.
    TF2 Mann.Co ref as well.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Caution: Passengers may not arrive at their destination

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    PS: bring your own parachute. or try our new exploding parachutes for free

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    Comment by kamiru
    13:39 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    unless their destination is the nearby hospital.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 01/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A real life Canon Travel service!

    Comment by BrightSide
    09:26 30/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Remember, the only thing that doesn't explode in China are their missiles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone needs to make a song about the failures of China-
    Missiles not exploding, battleships having to come back from their maiden voyage, watermelons blowing up, computer monitors blowing up, man-hole covers exploding.

    I think it could be a good song.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    10:08 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why use missiles when they can export their explosive watermelons!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:37 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and chairs... that one is deadly

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:24 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Added a new arsenal to their vast array of unsuspecting explosives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Stop being sheep people. This is like a witch hunt to find all possible explosions in one country, in a country that big of course you will find many if you look hard enough just like any other big country.

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    Comment by Kubo Toshimitsu
    12:53 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wrong, Indonesia has vast land and population as well, but we don't have manholes that explode and sent motorbike flying 2 metres high.

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    Comment by kamiru
    13:40 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    we only have suicide bombers who use self made bombs out of nails and broken glasses, usually killed only themselves while hurting others.

    yeap, our country is so much better than china

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:19 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    do we even have manholes? i don't remember having any sort of underground sewage system

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You suppose we care? We do not.

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    Comment by warjoke
    21:21 30/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Friggin Ninja Turtles!!!

    Why the hell did they have to move to China?

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    Comment by kazaza2
    07:31 01/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Those aren't manhole covers, they're skeet shooting discs for the giant Chinese Gundam!

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