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Deodorant aerosol explosion in Baltimore County, Maryland, destroys vehicle, injures driver

02 March 2018

Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Jennifer Peach said an unidentified man at the wheel of his vehicle put on some aerosol deodorant with the air conditioning running and lit a cigarette, causing an explosion which gave him serious burn injuries.

The affected vehicle - Image: Baltimore County Fire Department
The affected vehicle - Image: Baltimore County Fire Department

“I would say it would be best to describe it as a sudden and violent expansion of the air molecules in that vehicle,” Peach told the Baltimore Sun.

Rob Kemp from the Baltimore County Fire Department told CBS that the deodorant aerosol inside the vehicle created a flammable atmosphere, which was ignited when he lit his cigarette.

Images shared by Baltimore County officials showed that the explosion blew out the car’s roof and broke the front window. It also opened the car doors and caused some damage to another vehicle parked next to the Chevrolet.

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