Fireworks Explode Inside Parked Car

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ST. PETERSBURG — A man was hospitalized after fireworks exploded inside a parked car on Gandy Beach, setting the vehicle on fire.

Firefighters responded about 10 p.m. Thursday. The fire started when someone in the backseat of the vehicle apparently tried hurling a mortar at a group of people nearby, said Lt. Joel Granata, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue spokesman.

A witness told Bay News 9 the mortar was meant to hit him.

“I just heard it explode in there and a few more fireworks went off in the car,” said Brandon Carroll, “and it just went up in flames.”

The man in the car was taken to a hospital with burns, Granata said. (TAMPABAY.COM)

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