A Maryland driver’s car was completely engulfed in flames after he decided to clean his hands with highly-flammable hand sanitizer while smoking.
The fire started on Thursday afternoon at the Federal Plaza Shopping Center in Maryland when the driver lit up a cigarette while parked, then applied the anti-bacterial solution to his hands.
The embers from the cigarette ignited a smear of hand sanitizer, causing the driver’s car to be consumed by flames, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.
News helicopter footage showed firefighters dousing the black Toyota Camry with foam to quell the inferno, which was extinguished shortly afterwards.
The driver suffered non-life-threatening first- and second-degree burns on his hands and inner-thighs and was transported to a local hospital.
(5/13 ~530p) Rockville Pike, Federal Plaza shopping Center, vehicle fire; Cause, Driver using hand sanitizer & smoking a cigarette, which is a bad combo in unventilated area like a car; total loss; @MCFRS_EMIHS treated & transported 1 adult w/ minor burns, NLT https://t.co/eJEMD9ODwR pic.twitter.com/nD7i7pQ5Mc— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) May 13, 2021
Dramatic overhead footage of the fire showed the car completely totaled by fire.
‘Using hand sanitizer and smoking a cigarette is a bad combo in un-ventilated areas like a car,’ a fire department spokesperson said.