Gas-Huffing Truck Owner Plugged in Phone Charger, Sparking Blast

Cue the banjo music, people, because this one's a knee-slapping doozy.

Remember that mysterious explosion we told you about yesterday? It blew a pickup truck to smithereens and rocked a North Hollywood neighborhood for nearly a mile around. LAPD Sgt. Glenn McNeil told us the area around the truck "looks like a blast site."

Well, the mystery of the Nissan Titan bomb apparently has been solved:

An LAPD official tells us a man walked into the North Hollywood Division station Tuesday with burns on his head.

See also: Pickup Truck Explodes in North Hollywood Backyard.

He admitted that he sparked the blast by plugging a cellphone charger into his truck's cigarette outlet, the official said. He said he had been huffing propane when the propane tank supplying him exploded.

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Oops? Who huffs propane, anyway?

Miraculously, not only did the alleged genius survive, but he walked out of said police station without being arrested, the cop said.

It happened about 5 minutes after midnight yesterday in the backyard of a house at 11318 Miranda St. in North Hollywood, police said.

The explosion blew the roof off the truck and shattered neighbors' windows, according to police. Besides the owner's burns, there were no injuries reported.

The vehicle hadn't been moved in a while, police told us, and was being used to store stuff.

"It was deemed an accident," the LAPD official said today.

Fade out banjo music.

[Added at 4:32 p.m.]: Bring the banjo music back for just a minute. LAPD released a statement this afternoon saying the man in question was treated by paramedics for burns. According to the department:

The 22-year-old male received moderate burns to his arms, face and respiratory trauma. He was attempting to use propane for recreational purposes.


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