This is the bizarre moment a malfunctioning escalator 'ATE' its own stairway - frightening pedestrians.
Video footage shows the moving stairway breaking up into pieces as each individual step snaps off, churning as the belt continues to drive the device.
Witnesses standing close to the escalator fled as far as possible, fearing that the pieces would fly off towards them.
The nightmarish steps were filmed in Wulidian Square in Chongqing Municipality's Jiangbei District in south-western China.
The video ends with the escalator still having not been turned off, but reports said repairmen were sent to the scene shortly afterwards.