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Propane tank explodes inside SUV when passenger lights cigarette, police say

Driver, passenger taken to area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

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ORLANDO, Fla.propane tank being hauled in an SUV exploded Sunday afternoon when a passenger lit a cigarette while the vehicle was in front of the entrance to the Central Florida Fairgrounds, police said. 

Orlando police said Pierre Dadaille was driving a rented Kia Sorento and his wife, Meguydeline Dessource, was in the passenger's seat around 3:30 p.m. The propane tank was in the rear of the vehicle.

Police said Dadaille originally stated that Dessource lit a cigarette moments before the explosion, but then later recanted and said all he could remember was placing a lighter on top of the dashboard. 

Dessource denied lighting a cigarette. Police said the grill, which was turned on, had a propane tank attached that was open and connected.

Police said the vehicle was severely damaged, and the driver and passenger were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and third-degree burns.

Shards from the explosion also damaged a nearby Chevrolet.

Police said Dadaille had an open warrant for his arrest on charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding.

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