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Trunk Remote Triggers Car to Explode

STONEHAM, Mass. — It was like something out of a James Bond movie. With the push of a remote button, a car exploded in a crowded parking lot.

Jackie Sugrue says she’s still stunned after her 2012 Honda Civic blew up in the parking lot of a BJ’s in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

The state fire marshal says that when Jackie pressed her keyless trunk remote, it somehow ignited vapors trapped in plumbing equipment that was stored inside the car.

The explosion jolted nearby shoppers and neighbors who rushed to the scene.Jackie’s car is destroyed, but she says she’s just thankful that no one was hurt.”There was a guy parked right next to me loading up his car so I don’t know how he didn’t get hurt,” she told local station WBZ.”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.”

Investigators even called in the bomb squad, but in the end they determined there was no foul play involved.

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