Who knew a bottle of hand sanitizer could be so dangerous?

A car burst into flames Thursday after a Maryland motorist unwisely used hand sanitizer while smoking. 

A harrowing video taken from a news chopper shows the vehicle smoldering in a parking lot as firefighters rush to douse the blaze.

“Using hand sanitizer and smoking a cigarette is a bad combo in unventilated areas like a car,” a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service official told the local ABC affiliate.

The crew responded to the freak inferno, which occurred around 5:30 p.m. at the Federal Plaza Shopping Center in Rockland.

According to official reports, the unnamed driver was smoking a cigarette and then started using his germ-killing Elixer, which ignited and set the whole car aflame like an impromptu Molotov cocktail.

That might be due to the fact that hand sanitizers contain a large amount of alcohol  — around 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol, which makes the personal hygiene product highly flammable.

Fortunately, the motorist was immediately transported to the hospital, where he was treated for minor burns and other non-life-threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, the driver’s vehicle and his bottle of sanatizer were torched beyond saving.

Watch Car Bursts Into Flames After Driver Unwisely Uses Hand Sanitizer

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4 COMMENTS

  1. BLM now has legally obtainable combustibles. Who’d have known that Alcohol would burn?

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