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That's one way to kill COVID! Maryland driver's car goes up in flames after he used hand sanitizer while smoking

 A Maryland driver's car was completely engulfed in flames after he decided to clean his hands with highly-flammable hand sanitizer while smoking.

The fire started on Thursday afternoon at the Federal Plaza Shopping Center in Maryland when the driver lit up a cigarette while parked, then applied the anti-bacterial solution to his hands. 

The embers from the cigarette ignited a smear of hand sanitizer, causing the driver's car to be consumed by flames, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said. 

News helicopter footage showed firefighters dousing the black Toyota Camry with foam to quell the inferno, which was extinguished shortly afterwards. 

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue responded to the scene of the car fire and put out the flames  that totaled the vehicle

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue responded to the scene of the car fire and put out the flames  that totaled the vehicle

Overhead footage of the fire shows the car completely totaled by fire in the parking lot of the Federal Plaza Shopping Center in Maryland.

Overhead footage of the fire shows the car completely totaled by fire in the parking lot of the Federal Plaza Shopping Center in Maryland.


The driver suffered non-life-threatening first- and second-degree burns on his hands and inner-thighs and was transported to a local hospital.    

Dramatic overhead footage of the fire showed the car completely totaled by fire. 

'Using hand sanitizer and smoking a cigarette is a bad combo in unventilated areas like a car,'  a fire department spokesperson said. 

The driver's car (pictured) was completely totaled by flames after he decided to sanitize his hands while smoking a cigarette

The driver's car (pictured) was completely totaled by flames after he decided to sanitize his hands while smoking a cigarette

The driver was able to escape the flames with only second-degree burns, while his car (pictured) was totaled by the fire

The driver was able to escape the flames with only second-degree burns, while his car (pictured) was totaled by the fire

Following the COVID outbreak, hand sanitizer has been a staple in homes and vehicles to eliminate the spread of germs.  

The FDA suggest that anyone using hand sanitizer use it in a well ventilated area. 

'If you are using hand sanitizer in a closed area, such as a car, open the windows to improve ventilation until the hand sanitizer is dry.'

While Purell, a leading hand sanitizer brand, explicitly states 'not using PURELL near open flames or while smoking,' in a corporate statement

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