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An air freshener has caused a car to explode, injuring one person. Dramatic pictures show the vehicle with its doors, bonnet and windows blown out and buckled.

The incident occurred in a B&Q car park in Southend, the car involved was a Ford Focus. The injured person was looked after by staff at the DIY store before being taken to hospital suffering from minor injuries.

“The explosion happened after a build-up of gases from an air freshener was accidentally ignited by a cigarette,” Essex Fire and Rescue Service said.

A bystander said he heard a “very loud bang” as the “doors, windscreen and roof…were blown out”.

The explosion occurred at around 12:15 BST and was attended by a three emergency services.

“One patient… is believed to have minor injuries,” an East of England Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.

The car “suffered significant damage”, the fire service said, however, the “cause of the explosion has been confirmed as accidental”.

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