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Air freshener causes car explosion, injures German teen

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Posted at 9:07 AM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 09:07:11-04

BERLIN (AP) — A German teenager has suffered serious injuries after accidentally creating an explosion in the family car with air freshener.

Police in the western city of Duisburg say the 17-year-old boy had been trying Wednesday to get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke in a recently purchased secondhand Volkswagen SUV.

They say the teen sprayed so much air freshener inside the vehicle that it turned into a "combustible gas mixture." The gas ignited when he opened the passenger door and a light switched on.

Police said in a statement Thursday that the force of the explosion blew out the vehicle's large glass sunroof.

The unidentified teen was hospitalized with burns to both arms.

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