Husband, wife hospitalized with burns after propane tank explodes in SUV

Husband, wife hospitalized with burns after propane tank explodes in SUV

A propane tank exploded in an SUV when the driver’s wife lit a cigarette in the car, police said.

ORLANDO, Fla. — A husband and wife are in the hospital with burn injuries after a propane tank exploded in their car in front of the Orange County Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon, officials with the Orlando Police Department said.

Police said the couple was transporting a BBQ grill inside a Kia Sorrento SUV with a propane tank attached on Colonial Drive near the intersection with Pete Parrish Boulevard in Orlando.

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According to police, the propane tank was open and the grill was turned on.

The tank exploded after the driver’s wife lit a cigarette in the car around 3:25 p.m., police said.

The Kia Sorrento continued traveling west on Colonial until it crashed into a pole, according to police.

The couple’s injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

The vehicle was severely damaged.