Photos: Sapulpa Fire Department responds to car explosion, neighbors said they “felt the shockwave”

Sapulpa Police and Fire Departments responded to a call of a car explosion at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday evening at the 100 block of S. Independence Street. One of the victims, named Jonah, says he and a friend were pushing the Ford Focus into their yard to work on it when they heard a pop and the car just erupted into flames. “I’m just shocked,” he said.

Kaleb Chambers lives on Burnett street and was sitting on his couch when he heard the explosion. “It was one of those things where you hear it and feel it at the same time,” he told Sapulpa Times on Tuesday evening. “After I heard it, I looked and my Christmas tree was swaying and the ceiling fan wasn’t on, but the pull strings were swaying.”

Chambers said looked out his back window and saw a column of smoke that he thought was a neighbor’s new shop. He ran down the alley and saw it wasn’t a neighbor he knew, but that the car across the street was enveloped in smoke. He called 911, but the fire department was already on their way and pulled up, shortly thereafter.

Nobody was hurt in the explosion, nor the fire. The fire department had the fire extinguished in about ten minutes. The cause of the fire is not known.
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Micah Choquette

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