The man smelled some kind of gas as he sat in his car. He rolled down the window and eventually got out of the car as the stench rose. At this point, it appears the vehicle has exploded, police said.
A large portion of the vehicle sped past the Sonic and into the back parking lot, where several people also heard an explosion.
HPD said that the welding equipment of a relative of an employee was left in the trunk of a car. A leaky oxygen-acetylene container could lead to an explosion.
After the HPD bomb squad examined the scene, they believed the incident to be an accident.
“It’s a miracle that this young man is still alive. Parts of this vehicle were blown away hundreds of feet,” said HPD Assistant Chief Wyatt Martin. “This was a very important explosion and The young man was very lucky to have survived.”
The man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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https://abc13.com/sonic-car-explosion-atf-bomb-squad/11520036/ Sonic employee car exploded around 11 p.m. on Friday in northwest Houston