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Dim Xiong Chien is a 22-year-old college student studying at the Liaoning Advertisement Vocational College in the city of Shenyang in northeastern China.
According to reports, earlier this week Chien organized a surprise proposal with fireworks for his girlfriend Cong Yen, but she never showed up. So he decided to set them off anyway, hoping she'd see the huge display.
The whole plan literally went up in flames when the fireworks lit the grass on fire. Firefighters were called in to put out the 10-foot-tall flames.
The school is currently debating how to punish Chien, but they told local reporters that luckily they were insured. Chien eventually did propose to Yen, though this time without a pyrotechnics display.
“Of course, I love him," Yen told local reporters. "But my parents have told me to steer clear, saying he can’t even ask me to marry him without causing a massive hoo-ha."
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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