Automatic key fob blows up car

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An Austrian motorist blew up his car when he tried to open it with his remote control key fob.

The Ford Cougar exploded, sending car parts flying hundreds of feet in all directions.

Police in Sollenau initially treated the case as a possible bomb attack but it turned out the owner of the car was to blame.

He was carrying two containers of oxy-acetaline gas in his car boot, reports Die Krone newspaper.

Police Chief Inspector Rudolf Scheidl said: "On both containers, the valves weren't closed."

When the owner of the car used the remote, a spark set off the mixture of gas and air inside the car.

Nobody was injured but eight other cars were damaged.
 
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