Driver hurt in car explosion after cigarette ignites air freshener and blows out windows

The damaged car in Halifax town centre Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA

A driver suffered minor injuries when air freshener fumes exploded in his car, blowing out his windows, as well as those in surrounding buildings.

West Yorkshire Police said the blast in Halifax town centre was caused when the driver used an aerosol can air freshener and then lit a cigarette on Saturday afternoon.

The force said on Facebook: “Shortly after 3pm this afternoon Fountain Street, Halifax, had to be closed due to an exploded aerosol can.”

The statement said that the car was stationary in traffic when the owner used an air freshener can but did not ventilate his car before lighting his cigarette.

“The fumes exploded and blew out his windscreen, along with some windows at nearby business premises.

“The owner fortunately sustained only minor injuries but this could have been worse.”

The force said: “Please can members of the public be careful and follow guidelines when using air freshener cans?”

One reply to the force’s post said: “It was an almighty boom. An aerosol? We watched his windscreen and window glass fall from the sky.”

Pictures of the black Seat car posted on social media showed it suffered significant damage to its doors, boot and windows.