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Air freshener causes car to explode in UK

08 September 2017

An air freshener has caused a car to explode in an Essex car park, injuring one person. A cigarette ignited a build-up of gases from the air freshener inside the car, the fire service said, blowing off the roof and doors of the Ford Focus in a B&Q car park in Southend. The car suffered significant damage, the Essex Fire and Rescue Service said. 

Staff at the DIY store in Essex helped the casualty, who was taken to hospital. An East of England Ambulance Service spokesperson said the individual in the car received minor injuries in the incident.

The Southend Echo reported that a passer-by heard  heard a "very loud bang" as the "doors, windscreen and roof... were blown out".

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