In most states, it's illegal to transport oxygen and acetylene tanks inside of a closed cabin vehicle. Why? Ask the owner of this 2012 Honda Civic.

Jackie Sugrue's boyfriend, a plumber, left his welding rig inside the vehicle's trunk while the couple went shopping. Unbeknownst to him, the acetylene tank was slowly leaking, filling the whole interior with highly flammable vapors. When the wife hit the remote trunk release, the mechanism generated enough of a charge to ignite the fumes, causing the gas inside to explode. The resulting carnage ripped the little Civic open like can of Pabst at a frat party.

Amazingly, neither Sugrue, her boyfriend, nor anyone else was harmed in the blast, despite the fact that a gentleman in the parking lot next to the Honda was loading his vehicle when the eruption occurred. Vehicles nearby where damaged in the blast, and Sugrue said her trunk lid went flying when she hit the remote. Check out a local news report on the incident in the video below.



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      F_Monk
      • 1 Year Ago
      The sad thing is this wasn't just some DIY fool with a tank full of flammable gas. One supposedly has to be a bonafide professional to be a plumber. There's an apprenticeship and etc involved. The boyfriend should have known better. That makes him an ass, and yet his girlfriend will be the one stuck with the insurance tab and the higher premiums that go with it.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Vehicles nearby *where* damaged in the blast" Stay classy Autoblog..... you "where" trying I suppose.
      piggybox
      • 1 Year Ago
      The quickest way to turn a sedan into hatchback...
      AP1_S2K
      • 1 Year Ago
      i liked that chicks eyes
      GN
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Civic couldn't handle its hideous design so the explosion was the answer.
      SublimeKnight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Turns out he had a 1:18 die cast Fisker Karma and a scale model 787 in the trunk. Be careful folks.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Karfreek
      • 1 Year Ago
      Emergency Refresh
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karfreek
        LOLOLOL..amazing comment. As a Honda owner myself (2004 Pilot), I can say the 2012 Civic was an embarrassment to the Honda name. And it needed a way more powerful explosion than this to fix it, preferably one that blows the whole car away (but not in a parking lot setting of course).
      • 1 Year Ago
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      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honestly guys - I've put the tank in the trunk and in my hatchback to bring it from my parents house to mine. Never thought it was that bad an idea. I also have gotten my barbque tanks filled and put them in the hatchback trunk part of the car. Hell I even sometimes fill up a 5 gallon gas container for my lawn mower and put it in the back. So honestly - I would never STORE them there or leave them there overnight - but I can completely see transporting them in the trunk / backseat. HVAC guys transport all their stuff in those big vans all the time - what's the difference? It happens everyday. I guess I have to be more cautious in the future!
      BB79826
      • 1 Year Ago
      My god are they lucky that they hit the trunk release before they approached the car. Holy crap.
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        Synthono
        • 1 Year Ago
        That doesn't even make sense. The standards for trolling have gone way down.
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