Storing cylinders of compressed gas in your vehicle is not a good idea!
News1130 staff May 22, 2013 7:12 am
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – There’s been an explosion in Vancouver’s West End.
Gabe Roder with Vancouver Fire says the explosion at Nicola and Robson was caused by an acetylene tank that was being stored in the car and it obviously had a leak. The action of unlocking the vehicle with a FOB key was enough to cause the gas to explode.
“There is extensive damage to a number of buildings in the area. Some of the damage went as high as 12-storeys high,” Roder says.
The owner of the car is a plumber named Michel who lives in the neighbourhood.
He says he had no idea pressing the unlock button on his keychain would have caused such a huge explosion.
“I unlocked it from across the street and it blew up,” he tells News1130.
“It was gas. It’s a tank that has a hose attached to it and on the end of the hose there’s a regulator and you have a dial you can open it with. It must have been cracked open and leaked into the car, filling the car. [It’s for] soldering copper pipes together,” he explains.
“Lucky,” he says. “If I was even ten feet closer or whatever…”
Two people who were driving by when the car blew up got some nasty cuts from flying glass.
“They had glass in their face and in their hands and they were upset, obviously,” says Laura McLaren who lives in a ground level apartment across the street. “They’ll be fine, but I’m sure that it was a bad day for them.”
The windows of McLaren’s suite were shattered and she had to clean up some glass, but the blinds on her windows kept most of it out of her aparment.
“My initial reaction was I was upset,” McLaren says. “It was a disturbing thing to see, I mean people were screaming. It sounded like a bomb going off. You could hear the boom and then there was the smell. It was a chemical, rubber burning smell.”
Rebecca Bolwitt — Miss 604 — says it blew up right outside her place.
“I just woke up and magnets fell off our fridge. Our window blew out and it’s broken. There’s a giant ball of flame is out front of our window and I’m shaking.”
Vancouver-West End M-L-A Spencer Chandra Herbert lives near the site of the blast.
He says neighbours are shocked. “When you have a hood of a car up 12-feet in the air, in a tree, in a busy residential neighbourhood where normally at this time in the morning people would be walking down the street on their way to work, it’s pretty scary.”
Chandra Herbert says he had just woken up when he heard the explosion.
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