A nine-year-old boy is dead as the result of a firecracker dropped into a sewer. Reports say he was playing with another boy around 3 pm on Saturday near Fenghu Building in Shenzhen when one of them lit a firecracker and threw it down the drain. The ensuing explosion popped off two manhole covers, one of them flying as high as five meters. The victim, a third-grader in nearby Luohu district, reportedly fell in. His lifeless body was recovered about three hours later.
Surveillance footage captured the exact moment of the explosion. (Apologies for the music in the video; it was in the original Youku clip, below.) The family of the deceased believes that Fenghu supervisors are responsible for the accident and are asking for 500,000 yuan in compensation.
The parents have said that their current concern is giving their son a proper funeral before entering into compensation negotiations.