Car explosion remains a mystery for now

January 13, 2011 12:00 AM

A BMW parked in Arlington, Virginia, exploded Tuesday, but no one was injured, reports the Washington Post.

The trunk of the car reportedly blew up around 8:30 a.m., according to Lieutenant Ed Hughes, a spokesperson for the Arlington fire department. reported that police investigating the incident say it was probably an accident. Police spokesperson Detective Crystal Nosal said "Nothing at this point leads us to believe it’s intentional."

Eyewitnesses said the accident occurred outside a family's home, but several apartment complexes were in the area. News sources said the Defense Information Systems Agency is only three blocks away from the scene of the explosion.

In addition, witnesses saw an unknown male run from the car immediately following the incident. Around 10:15am, police handcuffed an 18-year old man in a nearby apartment building, but listed him only as a "person of interest."

Detective Nosal told reports that an acetylene torch next to a tank filled with the same chemical compound was in the trunk of the car. The gas is commonly used for welding.

The vehicle's back half was totaled, but the front part of the car seemed undamaged in photos released by the press.

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