Woman Lights Up, Car Explodes

Memphis, Tennessee police say a car exploded when a woman lighting a cigarette ignited fumes from cleaning products.

The blast was reported about noon Thursday in an office building parking lot.

The driver suffered first-and second-degree burns on her face, arms and neck.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said the driver, who is a cleaning woman, was sitting in the car when she lit a cigarette and caused "a vapor-type flash."

Witnesses said the explosion caused a "loud boom" that blew out all of the vehicle's windows.

It was the second time in a month that officials have investigated a car blast in the Memphis area. A Feb. 4 car bomb in West Memphis, Ark., nearly killed the head of the Arkansas State Medical Board.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2009 at 02:43 AM
    Hard to believe! But since you put it up here, it must be true!
  • by robert Location: newport on Mar 9, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    If this woman had had a "weave," God would have saved her from harm. I see no thumpers on this one...
  • by Carla Location: Jacksonville on Mar 9, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    linda. Tennessee and Arkansas are two different states, but West Memphis is considered part of the Memphis metropolitan area, and is located directly across the Mississippi River from Memphis.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 9, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    Glad no one else was injured.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Mar 9, 2009 at 03:52 AM
    I don't think the two incidents are related. One was obviously and accident and the other was intentional. There is no common thread here.
  • by AL Location: GREENE CO on Mar 8, 2009 at 09:35 PM
    What the heck was she thinking?? MORON!
  • by David Location: Pinetown NC on Mar 8, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    I wonder if that cigarette was worth it?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    In this case, so do lighters.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    What kind of chemcials were in there? Were the bottles in the car, or was it fumes off her clothes? This sounds highly untruthful, and doubtful.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 8, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    Lets see, breathing cleaning fluid fumes, smoking cigarettes,and striking a match in the presence of volatile fumes.She must have really had a grudge against herself.
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