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Police Investigating Car Explosion in Fairfield

One man was sent to the hospital with severe burns, according to police. The incident occurred at Tunxis Hill Park.

[Editor's Note: Photo courtesy of Stephen Krauchick of DoingItLocal.com. Details of this report were updated Friday following an official press briefing.]

Update

Police identified the victim Friday as Justin Hervey, 23, of Armonk, N.Y. More details .

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One person was sent to the hospital with severe burns Thursday after the car he was in caught fire and became engulfed in flames.

The suspected explosion occurred as the vehicle, a dark-colored SUV, was parked near (225 Melville Avenue), where a youth baseball game was taking place, police spokesperson Lt. James Perez said.

Witnesses told police they heard a small pop and looked back to see the vehicle in flames.

One person, a male who police believe was between the ages of 18 and 22, ran out of the car engulged in flames toward the baseball game, Perez said. Police are still determining the man's identity.

Witnesses reportedly told the man to stop and drop to the ground to quell the flames, but he continued to run toward the park and was tackled to the ground, according to Perez.

Emergency responders arrived on scene and the man was transported to Bridgeport Hospital, where police said he remains in serious condition as of 8:20 p.m.

"This is a tragic end to the summer," Perez said. "We don't know how or why it happened, but officials are investigating."

Fairfield's fire marshal and members of the detective bureau remained on scene Thursday to sift the vehicle for evidence. The SUV had New York plates, according to Perez.

Perez encouraged parents and children at the baseball game who witnessed the scene to seek counseling through Fairfield's schools.

New to Southport September 10, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Is PJ the only logical person on this site? I thought this was Fairfield. The simple point and fact is that a young kid is in the hospital with severe burns and apparently fighting for his life. There very well may be something "fishy" as one person pointed out. But there was no evidence of it in the article and this is not the forum to spout off your theories. If you would like to say something, make it well wishes towards his recovery, or for the kids who witnessed this to not have nightmares, or for the hero who tackled a burning stranger to help him and potentially protect the kids. If it turns out that the kid was involved in undesirable activities, then you will have been right with your negative theories and you can brag to you friends how great you are at solving crimes thanks to CSI. But if you are wrong, then shame on you and think of the damage and anger you could have caused someone in his family or a friend of the kid reading this venom. What if it was your son or nephew? Now which one has a better upside? Wishing everyone a speedy recovery.
Fairfield Resident September 10, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Dear New to Southport, Who is this "PJ" you speak of? Also, you state: ".........and this is not the forum to spout off your theories." Please explain why not. I thought forums like these were made to ENCOURAGE public discourse on matters and issues both inside and outside our quaint little Town of Fairfield. Another interesting statement you made: "If you would like to say something, make it well wishes towards his recovery, or for the kids who witnessed this to not have nightmares, or for the hero who tackled a burning stranger to help him and potentially protect the kids." That sounds like CENSORSHIP to me. BTW......I came across some new info about a "theory" as to what may have happened: The "Shake and Bake Method" http://alcoholism.about.com/od/meth/a/shake_and_bake.htm "The new method requires little room. All of the necessary items can be carried in a backpack, making the process mobile. Drug users are making meth while driving around in their cars and throwing the used plastic bottles, containing a poisonous brown and white sludge, along the highway." "But the shake and bake method is extremely dangerous. If the bottle is shaken the wrong way, of if any oxygen gets inside of it, or if the cap is loosened too quickly, the bottle can exploded into a giant fireball." Very Interesting.
Pi September 10, 2012 at 07:38 PM
There is a big difference between having a discussion and spouting off idiotic theories. Guess which group you fall into.
Jim Eastwood December 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM
To All Happy New Year And what ever was the end result of this ?? Is the Kid still alive How come this got pushed Under the Rug ??
Brian December 31, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Must be a private matter. Best to respect their privacy.

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