Smoking is injurious to health. But it can be injurious for the pocket as well if one is not careful.
A UK smoker learnt his lesson the hard way as he blew off his car windscreen and ended up with a damaged vehicle after lighting a cigarette. He was lucky to escape and tell the tale.
Witnesses reported hearing an “enormous bang” on Saturday afternoon as the car’s windscreen shattered and nearby buildings shook, Manchester Evening News reported.
The man had sprayed air freshener inside his vehicle, parked on a busy street in Halifax in West Yorkshire, when he thought of having a smoke.
Fountian Street in Halifax was closed due to an explosion involving a car on Saturday afternoon, 14th Dec.
Excessive use of an air freshener was the cause. When the driver lit a cigarette the outcome was dramatic. pic.twitter.com/wfk00bf0GG
— WYFRS Investigation (@WYFRSFireInvest) December 16, 2019
Luckily, he climbed out of the battered car after the explosion with only minor injuries. Windows at nearby businesses were also damaged.
Police said it could have been worse and warned motorists about the dangers of aerosol cans and open flames.
The Fountain Street in the town centre was cordoned off and fire brigade visited the scene.