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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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