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Firecracker responsible for campus car fire

UNMPD says no one has been charged

Fireworks are a lot less impressive when they’re incinerating car seats, as three UNM students found out over the weekend.

The students caused a car fire on campus Friday night after a firecracker accidentally went off in their vehicle, UNMPD spokesman Robert Haarhues said. He said the students were throwing firecrackers out of a moving car on Redondo Drive at about 9:30 p.m.

“They threw one and it bounced back into the car, after which it exploded and lit the car on fire,” he said.

None of the students sustained injuries. He said the driver stopped the vehicle and the passengers exited the vehicle before it went up in flames.
Haarhues said no criminal charges have been filed against the students. He said the car belonged one of the student’s fathers who is considering whether to press charges in the case.

Haarhues said the students had permission to be in the car and that the fire was accidental, so the arson squad has no plans to open an investigation into the incident.

Albuquerque Fire Department could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon, but witnesses said fire trucks promptly arrived on the scene and got the fire under control. A YouTube user posted video footage of the fire Saturday.

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