Photos: Car Explodes into Flames after Collision in West Philly

Photo by Kit Friday

A car fire rages after a vehicle explosion resulting from an accident in West Philly Wednesday night. The vehicle above ran a stop sign at high speed, striking another vehicle broadside before exploding into flames.  Photo by Kit Friday

A car erupted in flames on the corner of 51st and Cedar Ave in West Philadelphia  earlier this week, burning intensely for 15 minutes until the Philadelphia Fire Department arrived and easily doused the blaze. Kit Friday of the Panic hour lives in the immediate vicinity and witnessed the incident, which he reports occurred approximately an hour before the default shutdown of the federal government September 30.

A Philly Police officer arrived on scene first. He threatened to arrest the photographer "for his own safety" when he attempted to approach for a better view. Photo by Kit Friday

A Philly Police officer arrived on scene first. He threatened to arrest the photographer “for his own safety” when he attempted to approach for a better view. Photo by Kit Friday

The fire begins immediately after collision. Photo by Kit Friday

The fire begins immediately after collision. Photo by Kit Friday

Photo by Kit Friday

Photo by Kit Friday

Several firetrucks and ambulances line the street to douse the flames, approximately 15 minutes after the collision. Photo by Kit Friday

Several firetrucks and ambulances line the street to douse the flames, approximately 15 minutes after the collision. Photo by Kit Friday

Once on scene firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in moments. Photo by Kit Friday

Once on scene firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in moments. Photo by Kit Friday

Mr. Friday reports that the driver and passenger, both young African-American males, appeared to be intoxicated as they fled the scene before the authorities arrived. A smashed liquor bottle could be seen nearby amid the rubble from the accident.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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