Police car explodes; officer not badly hurt
An small oxygen tank in a medical kit in the vehicle’s trunk might be to blame for the blast.
A town police officer escaped serious injury when his patrol car caught fire and exploded, the police chief said Tuesday.
Officer Taso Karabelas was on patrol in the area of Union Avenue and Gardner-town Road around 6 a.m. when he smelled smoke and notified the police station, Chief Bruce Campbell said. As Karabelas got out of the car, a Ford Taurus, it exploded and went up in flames, Campbell said.
The chief said there was a small oxygen talk in a medical kit in the trunk but that he didn’t know if it was to blame for the blast. He said foul play is not suspected but the case is being investigated nonetheless by the state police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Karabelas was checked out at a hospital and released, Campbell said.