A massive cryptocurrency mining rig that exploded on Twitter, killing five people and injuring dozens more, may be the most destructive in recent history.
The explosion occurred on Sunday afternoon in China’s Shandong province, according to state media, as the rig was using an automated mining algorithm.
The massive rig was the largest in history to blow up, according a tweet from the state-run Xinhua news agency.
It was apparently set to deliver up to $10 million to miners.
In China, it’s not uncommon for miners to receive millions of dollars in rewards, often after the rig blows up, Xinhua reported.
The rig had an estimated price tag of more than $5 million, according the report.
The rig exploded as the automated miner was testing its algorithms, the state media report said.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the explosion was caused by the explosion itself or if there was a security breach at the site, Xinjiang Daily reported.
The government has not confirmed the claim.
The company that operates the rig, the Shanghai Mining Company, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.