STONEHAM, Mass. — Investigators are working to determine exactly how a woman’s car remote ignited an explosion that destroyed her car and sent debris flying through a parking lot at a Massachusetts shopping center.
Jackie Sugrue and her boyfriend were walking toward her 2012 Honda Civic in the parking lot of a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Stoneham when Sugrue simple pressed her remote.
“I unlocked my car and then immediately after that I popped my trunk and then my car just exploded all over the parking lot,” Sugrue said.
The state fire marshal says when Sugrue pressed her keyless trunk remote, it somehow ignited vapors trapped in plumbing equipment that was stored inside the car.
“In the trunk was an acetylene tank and other equipment used in the plumbing trade. There was a leak in the acetylene tank that caused the explosion based upon the transmittal of the remote,” the fire marshal said.
Sugrue’s car was destroyed, but nobody was seriously injured.
“There was a guy parked right next to me loading up his car so I don’t know how he didn’t get hurt. My trunk went flying over this whole row of cars into the next row, so I’m just thankful no one got hurt because it could have turned out really bad,” Sugrue said.
A bomb squad was called to the scene, but investigators determined no foul play was at hand.