A motorist in Essex, England, sustained minor injuries after reportedly lighting a cigarette in close proximity to an aerosol air freshener. The car fared much worse.
Witnesses shared images of the sedan after the resulting explosion, revealing its doors and roof blown away from the frame.
Justin Benson-Ryal of the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service called such an incident “extremely rare,” but warned drivers to exercise caution when handling aerosol deodorants and air fresheners.
He said experts “strongly advise” people not to use aerosol products “in a confined space” and should refrain from “smoking during or shortly after use.”