Man seriously injured during Greeley car explosion

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GREELEY, Colo. — Adrian Vigil was attempting to get some clothes out of his car on a snowy night Thursday when he almost had the ones he was wearing blown off.

Police say the 37-year-old Greeley man is lucky to be alive after being that close to his car, which exploded at 46th Avenue and 5th Street at approximately 10:30 p.m. The blast blew Vigil from near his car into a nearby set of bushes.

Debris from the explosion even caused damage to some nearby homes.

“All of a sudden I heard this loud boom,” one of Vigil’s neighbors said. “I thought somebody hit the back of our house with a car. I ran outside and I saw him (Vigil), just laying there by his car.”

Vigil was transported to a nearby hospital, suffering from serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Though the explosion rattled some nearby residents, no one else was hurt.

As of Friday morning, police had not confirmed what caused the explosion, but a bomb team was analyzing an acetylene tank on the vehicle. Friends say they believe something inside that tank caused the explosion.