Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Explosion inside a car - in B&Q car park

Fossetts Drive, Southend
06/09/2017 @ 12:14
Incident Number: 62421
In attendance: 1 x Southend

Firefighters were called to reports of a car fire and explosion in a car park in Southend.

When firefighters arrived they found the car was not on fire, but the car had suffered significant damage.

The cause of the explosion has been confirmed as accidental. The explosion happened after a build-up of gases from an aerosol air freshener was accidentally ignited by a cigarette.

One casualty suffered minor injuries and has been taken to Southend University Hospital.

Temporary Assistant Divisional Officer, Justin Benson-Ryal, said:

“Incidents like this are extremely rare, but it is important for everyone to be aware how flammable aerosol cans, such as air fresheners and deodorants, can be.

“We strongly advise that you not to use an aerosol in a confined space and also you should not smoking during or shortly after use.”

Advice on storing and using aerosol sprays:

  • Dispose of spent aerosols by recycling where possible
  • Do not store quantities of aerosols indefinitely in sheds and garages or under sink cupboards etc.
  • Use only as directed
  • Protect from sunlight and do not expose to high temperatures
  • Do not pierce or burn, even after use
  • Do not spray onto a naked flame or any incandescent material
  • Keep away from sources of ignition - no smoking during or shortly after use
  • Do not store or display in areas affected by direct sunlight. When appropriate keep products in their transit packaging



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