Man killed when car explodes, catches fire with him inside

Published: May. 10, 2015 at 9:17 PM EDT|Updated: May. 20, 2015 at 9:17 PM EDT
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IVA, SC (AP) - The coroner in Anderson County says a man is dead after an explosion and fire involving a car he was sitting in.

Multiple media outlets report emergency crews were called just south of Iva early Sunday morning. According to investigators, a woman said she was awakened by an explosion, but didn't immediately get up. When she heard a second blast, she went outside and heard a car horn blowing.

Coroner Greg Shore said the woman walked toward the noise and found her son's car on fire with him inside. The woman said she heard the man screaming but couldn't save him.

Shore identified the man as 39-year-old Scottie K. Smith.

The Iva Fire Department is trying to determine the cause of the explosion and fire.

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