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Exploding e-cigarette sets barmaid’s dress on fire

A barmaid was left shocked after an e-cigarette exploded in a Yorkshire pub, setting her dress alight.

Laura Baty, 18, was serving a customer when she heard a loud bang and saw the device shoot in her direction.

The flames singed her arms and set her dress on fire as she tried to get out of the way.

The e-cigarette – which had been on charge behind the bar – then landed on the floor and scorched the vinyl tiles before burning itself out.

Part of it also hit at customer at the Buck Inn Hotel, in Richmond, North Yorks, and left him with a red mark on his stomach.

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Baty said: “I was about to give somebody their change and I heard the bang. I could see the fire coming at me and I felt the heat as I ran away.

“I started crying hysterically and my arm was all black. My dress caught on fire as I ran away and I just didn’t know what was happening.

“A customer came and took me in to the bathroom to calm me down. She washed down my arm which was all black and I still didn’t know what had happened.”

Miss Baty, who has worked at the pub for nearly two years, was badly shaken by the explosion on Saturday. She added: “I thought the fuse-box had blown up or a firework had gone off.

“Everybody was just so shocked.” The e-cigarette belonged to fellow barman Stewart Paterson, 21, who has been trying to quit smoking since December last year.

Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ sells for £19.6 million at auction

A rare wine cup fired in the imperial kilns of China’s Ming dynasty more than 500 years ago sells for £19.6 million at a Sotheby’s sale in Hong Kong, making it one of the most expensive Chinese cultural relics ever auctioned

A Shanghai collector bought a rare Ming Dynasty cup that’s touted as the “holy grail” of China’s art world for £19.6 million at a Hong Kong auction on Tuesday, smashing the previous world record price for Chinese porcelain.

Sotheby’s said Liu Yiqian was the winning bidder for the small white cup, which measures just 3.1 inches in diameter and is more than 500 years old. The vessel is known as a “chicken cup” because it is decorated with a rooster and hen tending to their chicks.

The cup was made during the reign of the Ming Dynasty’s Chenghua Emperor, who ruled from 1465 to 1487. Sotheby’s said there are only 17 such cups in existence, with four in private hands and the rest in museums.

“There’s no more legendary object in the history of Chinese porcelain,” said Nicholas Chow, Sotheby’s deputy chairman for Asia. “This is really the holy grail when it comes to Chinese art.” For such a prized item, bidding was limited to a handful of wealthy collectors and when the winning bid was hammered down at HK$250 million (£19.6 million), the standing-room only crowd broke into applause. The auction house’s commission brought the total to HK$281.2 million (£22 million).

Host falls off boat during video interview

A Dutch presenter fell off a boat and into a river while filming an interview to promote a shipping festival.

Martje Oesterholt had just begun an interview with Kampen mayor Bort Koelewijn when disaster struck.

Sitting precariously on the side of the boat, she tried to grab hold of a rope, but lost her balance and tumbled into the water.

The quick-thinking mayor quickly ripped off his earpiece and threw the now soaked Ms Oesterholt a lifebuoy.

However, all may not be what it seems. Rotterdam’s Algemeen Dagblad newspaper was quick to point out that Ms Oesterholt is a marketing consultant, not a journalist.

It is believed the ‘accident’ was a stunt orchestrated by the Sail Kampden group to raise awareness of the upcoming Easter music festival held in the Dutch city.

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