BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A car exploded in Woodlawn Thursday morning when a man sprayed aerosol deodorant inside and then lit a cigarette, officials say.
The impact blew the doors off, separated the roof from the top of the car and blew out the windshield. It also damaged a nearby car.READ MORE: Get Windstream To Pay One Couple $1,500 To Use A Paper Map For One Week
Police say the man is lucky to be alive and conscious, although he was taken to the hospital with minor burns.
It happened in the 1600 block of Whitehead Court in front of The Restaurant Store.
The Restaurant Store manager told WJZ’s Devin Bartolotta that the driver was a frequent customer. He was the one who rushed outside to call 911 when he heard the explosion.READ MORE: GBMC Health Partners To Offer Drive-Thru Flu Vaccinations For Primary & Specialty Care Patients Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 28
“Inside, working, taking care of customers and we just heard a loud explosion-type boom,” Jeff Heckel said. “There was no flames or anything, just a very loud explosion. Shook the building.”
“The aerosolized deodorant was inside of the car, created a flammable atmosphere, which he was not aware of, and then when he lit his cigarette, he created a spark for the explosion to occur,” said battalion chief Rob Kemp of the Baltimore County Fire Department.
Police classify it as a “violent rumble” that shook the building, not an explosion, because there was no fire.MORE NEWS: Boy Playing With Fire Starts Blaze In Havre De Grace Home, Officials Say