2 Hurt in Jersey City Car Explosion

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013  |  Updated 8:55 PM EDT
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Jersey City officials say overheated refrigeration tanks appear to be the cause of an explosion Tuesday afternoon.  Marc Santia reports.

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Jersey City officials say overheated refrigeration tanks appear to be the cause of an explosion Tuesday afternoon. Marc Santia reports.

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Two people were hurt when a car exploded in Jersey City, N.J. on Tuesday. 

The silver Toyota exploded after a worker, who had been doing refrigeration repair at a nearby liquor store, placed equipment and fuel tanks in his car and then started it, said Jennifer Morrill, a spokeswoman for Jersey City.

A pedestrian passing by the car at New York Avenue and Congress Street was also hurt in the blast, Morrill said. 

"I hear the explosion like bomb and I see the car and it has a lot of flames," said Dulce Linares.

Both the driver and the pedestrian were taken to Jersey City Medical Center. The driver had serious injuries. The condition of the passerby was not known. 

Firefighters sprayed down the warped trunk of a car and quickly contained the blaze. 

--Marc Santia contributed to this story

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