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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 08, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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SALEM - An early morning car explosion sent a local man to the hospital and damaged two nearby homes.
The explosion was caused by a leaking acetylene gas tank in the car's trunk, according to Salem fire Deputy Chief Jeff Emanuelson.
'It resembled a car bomb on first impression,' Emanuelson said. 'But that wasn't the case once we looked further.'
Craig Feetham was getting ready for work shortly after 6 a.m. when he smelled gas while getting into his car. Knowing he had a cylinder tank of acetylene gas in his trunk, he got out of the car and popped the trunk with a keychain remote, sparking an explosion that shook the neighborhood.
Emanuelson said the force of the blast was enough to send 30-pound car parts more than 200 feet away. The explosion was heard from over a mile away and caused extensive damage to two nearby homes and sent Feetham to the hospital.
Feetham recalled hitting the wireless remote to open his trunk and then suddenly being on the ground bleeding with several layers of clothing torn to shreds.
'I was thrown around here and one of the neighbors came with a towel to put on my face,' Feetham said.
Feetham, who sometimes works outside as a plumber, was wearing several layers of clothing, which absorbed much of the blast. His lack of serious injury is owed mostly to the fact he was standing near the driver's side door while the blast was directed toward the rear of the car's trunk.
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That's why the welding supplies around here won't load a bottle in the trunk of a car and if you load it your self, you have to sign off that they didn't load it and you are aware that you can't use it for several hours after standing it upright.

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