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“Around 10:30pm last night, my wife and I woke to the sound of an explosion.”

by Prince Of Petworth December 15, 2015 at 9:45 am 15 Comments

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A reader reports:

“Around 10:30pm last night, my wife and I woke to the sound of an explosion. We looked out our bedroom window, onto the alley behind our house, and saw a car on fire (Audi SUV). We, along with many of our neighbors, called 911. The fire dept. quickly showed up and extinguished the fire.

We live on a quiet street in Brightwood. As far as I know, no one claimed the car — some suspected it was a stolen vehicle and intentionally destroyed.”

  • mark miller

    Used to happen in our neighborhood (near Arkansas and Upshur) all the time, maybe 10 years ago. We would have a car-b-q a month if not more frequently.

  • dcd

    The gentrification controversy sure is getting serious in Brightwood!

  • brightwooder

    where was this in Brightwood? Scary! A couple of weeks ago an SUV plowed into a neighbor’s fence at 8th and Sheridan.

    • distritera

      Definitely scary! It was around 7th and Ogelthorpe.

      • Anonamom

        Really?! I live a block away and did not hear a damn thing!

  • wdc

    Already asleep at 10:30? I wish I could do that.

    • Truxton Thomas

      I don’t know whether they have kids, but it has certainly revolutionized my sleep habits.

  • Angry Parakeet

    It’s happened twice right behind my garage, melting the vinyl siding.

  • distritera

    My house faces this alley too – same experience as OP (minus the sleeping already part! ;-)
    Very unsettling. My neighbor said the car had been parked in the alley since at least 5pm yesterday. I haven’t seen any info from MPD. Anyone else have info?

  • spookiness

    Hummers and Escalades used to spontaneously combust like this all the time. Somebody’s behind on their payments.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      Right, it’s never the reeking-of-gas ’92 Carolla with 950,000 miles on it that you’d expect to burst into flames. It’s always a BMW, a Mercedes or a big SUV.

  • ere

    probably one of those dang “gentrifiers”

  • jd

    Similar incident at around 11:40 PM in Cleveland park. I heard an explosion and ran out. There was a food truck parked in front of the library (on Macomb at Connecticut). The back door look like it blew off and there were 3 or 4 police cars. Scared the heck out of me. Maybe a propane tank in the truck kitchen?

  • C Domkoski

    Happened behind my house in the alley in Brookland between 9th and 10th and Jackson about 2 weeks ago and about a week before that had another car fire on 9th street

  • jonah

    There is a thread on the MPD listserv about this, or at least it seems to be this. From MPD “The vehicle that was on fire is likely a total loss and had been reported stolen earlier this month.”


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