Local media outlets and authorities are calling a Texas man’s survival a “miracle” after his car exploded and he somehow escaped unscathed.
The incident unfolded Friday around 11:15 p.m. when the man, an employee at a Sonic in Houston, got into his car to leave work.
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He suddenly noticed a strange odor. At first, police say he opened the windows to air the car out but decided to exit the vehicle when the smell intensified.
And that ended up being a life-saving move, as a shocking blast sent parts of the car flying hundreds of feet through the air, KTRK-TV reported.
The blast could reportedly be heard for miles.
A brief look at the vehicle shows the man would have likely not survived the ordeal had he remained inside when the explosion unfolded.
One outlet said the man is “lucky to be alive,” and police and journalists openly called his survival miraculous.
“The fact that this young man is still alive is a miracle. Parts of this vehicle were blown hundreds of feet away,” said Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Wyatt Martin told KTRK-TV. “This was a very significant explosion, and the young man is very lucky to be alive.”
The Houston Police Department said an acetylene tank and welding equipment in the trunk likely caused the accidental blast. Acetylene is a compressed gas used in handling metals and welding.
The man was treated for injuries at the scene and was transported to the hospital but is expected to survive the ordeal, KRIV-TV reported.
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