Firecracker Explodes in Moving Jeep in Spokane

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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.

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