Car explodes when starter ignites vapors from plumbing equipment

A car exploded in a Stoneham parking lot because a remote starter ignited vapors from plumbing equipment stored by the owner in the car, the state fire marshal says.

The car exploded at the parking lot of BJ’s Wholesale Club in Stoneham Sunday afternoon, according to Massachusetts State Police. Several other vehicles in the parking lot were also damaged.


State Police Lieutenant Daniel Richard said no one was injured in the explosion, which occurred at about 3:40 p.m. at the Cedar Street store.

State troopers from the Medford barracks responded, as well as the State Police bomb squad, and Stoneham firefighters and police.

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan reported that the explosion was caused when the remote starter key was hit.

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