2011 Dodge Durango Citadel catches fire during D.C. parade – Click above to watch the video

Call us partypoopers, but we're not all that big on parades. There's something about standing around only to see a bunch of floats passing by you that doesn't sound all that appealing. Now if said parade included a little unexpected action, we might be more inclined to enjoy ourselves, but we're not so sure the onlookers at the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Parade would agree with us.

After the jump is video of a spanking-new 2011 Dodge Durango Citadel as it sat in the middle of the parade route, spouting flames from the hood. A local NBC affiliate reports that the newly designed SUV began to spew black smoke while towing a float on the parade route. After the hood was propped up the black smoke turned into a full-on car-b-que that engulfed the engine bay in flames. The local fire department, which was likely already participating in the parade, later came and doused the blaze, but the incident prolonged the parade by about 15 minutes.

Hit the jump
to watch the flaming Durango. We don't know how much the float it was reportedly towing towing weighed, and we also don't know which engine this Durango has under the hood. On the bright side, we didn't even know that the Durango apparently has a self-closing hood in the event of a fire. At the same time, whether it's operator error or a defect with the vehicle, having a brand-new SUV burst into flames in such a public way has to have Dodge reaching for the Mylanta. Either way, points to the band for continuing to play on! Thanks to all for the tips.


2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango front 3/4 view

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango rear 3/4 view

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango front 3/4 view

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango rear 3/4 view

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango side view

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango front view

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango rear view

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango rear view

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango front 3/4 view

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango front detail

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango headlight

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango grille

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango front detail

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango wheel

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango wheel

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango wheel detail

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango taillight

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango taillight

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango engine

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango engine

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango interior

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango steering wheel

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango front seats

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango steering wheel controls

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango gauges

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango tachometer

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango instrument panel

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango climate controls

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango shifter

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango dash and door trim

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango storage

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango door

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango rear seats

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango rear seat climate controls

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango third row

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango folded rear seat

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango rear cargo area

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango rear cargo area

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango rear cargo area

  • 2011 Dodge Durango
  • 2011 Dodge Durango rear cargo area


Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Paukert / AOL

[Source: YouTube | NBC Washington]



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • Share This Photo X