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A video of six bulldozers battling against each other like something out of a “Transformers” movie. The video gained global attention last week when it was posted to YouTube.
Here’s the video:
The battle occurred Saturday, April 16, in the streets of Xingtang County, in China’s Hebei province. According to news reports, the clash of the six bulldozers started when two rival truck service companies were competing for clients in the region.
Fight Quickly Escalated
The fight began when two workers faced off against each other with shovels, with a third man joining in. The battle escalated and soon the workers were smashing into each other with heavy machinery, each of which weighed several tons.
The clash of the heavy machinery caused motorists to quickly clear out of the way. The operators rammed each other’s vehicles numerous times and one machine was turned onto its side as its operator jumped to safety. Another vehicle then picked it up and put it back on its right side.
Officials Release Few Details
There were no reported injuries, but the machines sustained thousands of dollars worth of damage, according to news reports. It was not immediately known if Chinese police arrested the operators, although at the end of the video a line of soldiers or policemen are seen lining the battle site.
Xu Feng, a local government spokesman, said the incident is being investigated, but no details were immediately available.
More than 2 million viewers worldwide have watched the video of the bulldozer battle since it was first posted, and more than 900 visitors have posted comments.
Chinese Construction Industry Suffering
Competition among Chinese construction firms is reportedly fierce, as the number of construction projects in the country have trickled to just a few in the wake of one of the biggest building booms in recent history. Real estate construction still accounts for about 25% of China’s overall economy, a much higher percentage than the world average.
Real estate construction still accounts for about 25% of China’s overall economy, a much higher percentage than the world average. The construction slowdown has caused a ripple effect in other industries, including steel, glass, and cement production, resulting in waves of layoffs among Chinese workers, according to The Guardian.