November 24, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) - Police say a firecracker was apparently the cause of an explosion in a moving Jeep in the eastern Washington city of Spokane overnight, and they don't believe there's a continuing threat.
Police say there was a flash of light just after 1 a.m. from inside the vehicle, which then left the roadway and came to a stop.
Donald Wilkes, a 61-year-old resident of the neighborhood, says the explosion blew off the driver's left hand.
Wilkes said the street was filled with smoke when he ran outside. His 30-year-old son helped the driver out of the vehicle.
Wilkes says the man was coherent but wouldn't say what he had been doing - instead, he just kept repeating "Oh God, oh God."
Police and neighbors applied tourniquets and helped save the man's life.