LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Amateur video taken last week shows a car exploding in front of a Los Angeles firefighter in the Mid-Wilshire area.

A crew responding to a car fire on Detroit Street stayed calm even as an electrical fire turned into a massive explosion.

Despite thick black smoke, flames and glass flying through the air, the firefighter closest to the vehicle continued to battle the blaze.

The firefighter stayed safe due to his protective clothing, as well as a required breathing apparatus.

Officials say they will use the video, which has received more than 100,000 hits on YouTube, for training purposes.

Comments (10)
  1. alg says:

    I saw this video this morning, and wow, the firefighter was right on the car when it exploded. This guy didn’t flinch. A few seconds later, he backed off a bit, but kept on with the water full force.
    great video. He really should NOT have been that close, as that fire was going strong. It’s obvious to me that the fuel line had burst, etc.

  2. george says:

    The LA Fire Department is going to use this as a training film?
    The City should pay the person who recorded the video a great
    deal of money and he should receive residuals for as long as the
    fire department exists.

    1. Melee says:

      OMG George, get over yourself. LAFD risks their life whenever they go out on a call & not only that this was amatuer footage. A civil duty for the rest of mankind. What do you do for a living?

  3. Solo Mon Lee says:

    If I was the firefighter. I’d be hosing that baby from across the street. NOT smart to be all up in that grill, trying to beat a fly with a cannon. They need to do some COMMON SENSE training at the LAFD.

    1. Solo Mon Lee says:

      Keeping it real, fo shizzle!

  4. fran says:

    How TACKY— bra straps out??? Are you kidding? She looks like an East LA ghetto skank. Newscasters these days are looking street. Ugh.

    1. no one cares says:

      Her bra straps was what you were focusing on dork fran

  5. Bj says:

    from the way it looks and where the explosion was, Im pretty sure it was actually water from the hose line hitting certain engine components which are made from magnesium. Magnesium is a combustible metal and is highly reactive to water and will explode as a result of contact with water when burning.

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