Volkswagen literally torn apart by exploding natural gas cylinder
Watching this video of a Volkswagen exploding, it’s hard to believe that nobody was hurt. Every explosion is violent – that’s kind of the point – but this one seems particularly so. Perhaps it is because there is no fireball in this particular incident. And yes, there wasn’t a single injury, even though two people were standing right next to the car.
The incident happened on March 16 on the outskirts of Fortaleza, in northeastern Brazil. According to a report by metropolisesthe vehicle in question was at a gas station when a natural gas cylinder inside the car exploded catastrophically, and we mean catastrophic. Footage from surveillance cameras (embedded at the top of this post) captured the incident, showing two men standing in front of a third-generation Volkswagen Voyage sedan with the hood open. One moment everything was fine, and the next the rear of the car was plain gone.
It appears that the VW had an illegal conversion of compressed natural gas. The Daily Mail reports that the car was being fueled with natural gas when it exploded. After the explosion, a jet of fuel is clearly visible at the rear of the car, which disappears when a person turns off the pump. The report states that the vehicle owner installed a CNG system with an irregular tank and did not have a mandatory safety inspection. The station could also be in trouble because workers don’t appear to have checked for proper seals or certificates proving the conversion.
An investigation is now underway because the tank – or what’s left of it – was nowhere to be found. It reportedly landed 200 feet away, damaging a wall and another car as it fell back to earth. However, when the fire brigade wanted to get it a few hours later, someone apparently made off with it.
As for the poor Volkswagen, it seems that the journey of this trip is really and truly over.