By Utkarsha Laharia

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. 

Hand Sanitizer And Cigarette Cause Car Fire

News helicopter footage showed firefighters dousing the black Toyota Camry with foam to quell the inferno, which was extinguished shortly afterwards.

Hand sanitizer, cigarette sparked Maryland car blaze, officials say

The driver suffered non-life-threatening first- and second-degree burns on his hands and inner-thighs and was transported to a local hospital.    

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. 



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