Explosion in car after man lights up cigarette

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Halifax - The town centre was cordoned off and fire brigade rushed to the scene.


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Published: Tue 17 Dec 2019, 8:23 AM

Last updated: Tue 17 Dec 2019, 10:27 AM

Smoking is injurious to health. But it can be for your pocket also if one is not careful.

A UK smoker learnt his lesson the hard way as he blew off his car windscreen and ended up with a damaged vehicle after lighting a cigarette. He was lucky to escape and tell the tale.

Witnesses reported hearing an "enormous bang" on Saturday afternoon as the car's windscreen shattered and nearby buildings shook, Manchester Evening News reported.

The man had sprayed air freshener inside his vehicle, parked on a busy street in Halifax in West Yorkshire, when he thought of having a smoke.

Luckily, he climbed out of the battered car after the explosion with only minor injuries. Windows at nearby businesses were also damaged.

Police said it could have been worse and warned motorists about the dangers of aerosol cans and open flames.

The Fountain Street in the town centre was cordoned off and fire brigade visited the scene.

One Twitter user posted pictures of the incident and wrote: "A car explosion in Halifax Town Centre. What an enormous bang. I was in an adjacent bar. Emergency services on scene in moments. Unbelievably the driver just climbed out. Thankfully there appears to be no injuries."

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