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Footage Of Fireworks Barge Exploding Emerges Online—And It Was A Startling Sight

Fireworks are best enjoyed from a distance, and generally speaking, not all at once. 

When a fireworks magazine, factory or transport explodes, it may look really impressive but it's also really likely to result in a massive death toll. We can thankfully report that accident in the following video didn't result in any significant injuries, but either way, there are a lot of kids and parents that were on this beach that just got a lot less enthusiastic about fireworks. 

About a thousand people had to be evacuated from the Terrigal Beach New Year's Fireworks display as the barge carrying the munitions went up in flames and started firing off fireworks randomly, including into the crowd. Some people were really into it - because nobody expects a fireworks show to go awry - but lots of folks, realizing what was happening, ran away screaming.

Two technicians on the boat had to jump into the water and swim for their lives, ducking the massive explosion. They suffered only minor injuries and were treated at the scene by paramedics

This was the first show at Terrigal Beach for a few years, and they had all the proper permits and everything. It remains to be seen if they will attempt another next year.

H/T: Huffington Post