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Car, not train, on fire along the Green Line viaduct this morning

Flaming car across from the Museum of Science

The Cambridge Fire Department reports firefighters doused a flaming car next to the Green Line viaduct and across from the Museum of Science garage (and future home of the Leonard Nimoy memorial) this morning.

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Screen grab from a friend's facebook.

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A BMW SUV.

What a shame.

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Didn’t there used to be a UH poster with Whyaduck as their handle? If so, I demand their commentary on this incident.

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I'm curious about what might cause a vehicle to burst into flames or explode. Cigarette disposal? Flammable materials? Short circuit? I know electric vehicles have issues with the batteries, but I've always thought gas-fueled fires were incredibly unlikely.

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Will do it. Could have been an electrical fire too - a short or a spark that ignited oil or fuel from a leak. Just need a small flame and all the plastics start to burn and turns into a full blown fire very quickly.

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I'm pretty sure it was spontaneous vehicular combustion. I'm pretty sure saw William Shatner cover it on "The UnXplained". /s

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In a couple of the CFD photos, you can see the passenger front end crumpled against a bollard (yay bollards!), so I suspect the crash set off a fire, although it could have been the other way around.

I reckon fire departments are relieved when they're called to a car fire and no EV batteries are involved, because I've read those can take hours (and thousands of gallons of water) to fully suppress, to prevent "thermal runaway".

(Off-topic to Adam/UHub: I sent a couple of email messages last month, asking to create a "legit" account for comments, but didn't get any reply. Are you still registering anyone?)

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Why not a duck boat?

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25 year anniversary remake ?

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