Car Bursts Into Flames After Doing Doughnuts for Crowd in Anaheim Parking Lot

A car burst into flames shortly after doing doughnuts in front of a crowd at an Anaheim parking lot early Monday morning.

The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the parking lot near Walmart and Ross at Anaheim Plaza on North Euclid Avenue, said Officer Heinzel with the Anaheim Police Department.

Jaime Guzman, who works security in the area, said he was doing a checkpoint tour when he saw a crowd gathered in the parking lot.

Three or four cars were taking turns doing doughnuts as a crowd of between 50 and 100 people watched, Guzman said. A second security guard, Lamont Hightower, estimated there were 50 to 60 spectators.

The final car went to do his spins and “right away smoke comes,” Guzman said.

The driver parked the car and tried to use a fire extinguisher on the vehicle but there was too much smoke. Everyone then ran from the car shortly before it burst into flames, Guzman said.

Hightower described the incident as "crazy."

"There was another guard; he was just as shocked as I was," Hightower said. "He was saying he's never seen anything like it before over here."

Anaheim Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene and doused the fire.

Investigators are working to determine the identity of the driver. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, Heinzel said.

It was unknown if the vehicle had been stolen.