Hot rod! Car explodes Downtown

Firefighters attempt to control a large car fire that broke out at the intersection of State Street and Flatbush Avenue on Thursday morning. The cause of the blaze remains unclear.
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It burned rubber.

A parked car exploded Downtown at 11 am Thursday for no immediately apparent reason, firefighters said.

It took at least 15 firefighters 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze in the trunk of an auto on State Street, according to fire department spokesman Danny Glover.

Smoke eaters responding to a report of a car smoldering found the auto with its engine in flames. There were no injuries and no one was in the car at the time of the explosion, Glover said.

The cause of the flare-up is still under investigation.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

gimme from yours says:
never let your hot rod prematurely explode, never, think of baseball stats, that's what I do
Oct. 12, 2013, 12:38 pm
Fake Tal from Unpleasantville, NY says:
I blame bike lanes and zealouts.
Oct. 14, 2013, 7:31 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
I'm not even sure that I should be the one to suggest this, but these "personal attacks" are one thing, while disagreements shall remain another. Here's hoping to split or at least share the difference.
Oct. 14, 2013, 11:22 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
"the trunk of an auto"
Apparently the reporter that wrote this never looked at the picture because that for sure is not the trunk.
Oct. 14, 2013, 11:43 am
John Wasserman from WIndsor Terrace says:
If you'll look closely at the model of the automobile, you'll see (by the color and true-coat; specific to only one year of production) that the trunks on these are located in the front, while the engines are in the rear of the vehicle, kindly. I'm sorry for pointing this out, but somebody had to say it, and I felt like I gave ample notice.
Oct. 14, 2013, 1:19 pm
Real Tal from Pleasantville, NY says:
And what did I miss after taking my sick bird, Illegal, to the vet and just got back here now? Ty, you just go ahead and impersonate me all that you want, though I consider it a true low, even for you. If we could stop these personal attacks maybe you wouldn't appear to be so closed minded on the internet.
John, yes, it's a 2000 "Thatcher" 4 door made by VW. Impressive eye site.
Oct. 14, 2013, 3:31 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Why, thank you "real Tal" (if that is your real name)! I appreciate the gesture and, as always, thanks for reading!
John Wasserman
Oct. 20, 2013, 4:12 pm

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