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VIDEO: Woman Blown Back By Explosion As She Set Car On Fire

Harrison Township, MI – A 26-year-old Michigan woman was charged with setting an acquaintance’s Jeep on fire after she created an explosion that was captured on video.

Sydney Parham, 26, set a black Jeep on fire that became fully engulfed at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Detroit News. (Video below)

In the video, Parham broke a window in the Jeep and then poured gas into the vehicle with a red gas container.

Parham leaned into the car and put her head near the back window of the Jeep as she lit a match to start the fire.

The gas exploded and blew Parham back into another vehicle and onto her back.

The arsonist was able to crawl away as the Jeep went up in flames.

The video was taken by a neighbor who happened to capture the incident, according to WDIV.

Avery Stevenson was the owner of the Jeep set on fire by Parham. Stevenson said he knows Parham but didn’t know what her motive could be to set his vehicle on fire, according to WDIV.

Stevenson said Parham was not his girlfriend.

The victim told WDIV he was awakened by the explosion and rushed to his balcony and saw his jeep on fire.

Naya Ashford lives in the same complex as where the incident took place and had her car parked near the torched Jeep. Ashford told WDIV that she saw the video on social media but didn’t realize at the time that it had happened in her apartment complex.

“When I was looking at it, I was laughing really hard,” Ashford said, according to WDIV. “And then I came outside and saw all the debris.”

Ashford had a black ash mark on her vehicle. But other nearby vehicles weren’t as lucky. The flames from the fire caused damage two other cars, according to WDIV.

Police were able to track down Parham and she was arrested during a traffic stop, according to the Detroit News.

Parham suffered minor burns, according to WDIV. She was arraigned Friday on one count of third degree arson. Bond was set at $20,000.

You can see the video of the arson below:

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Tom Gantert

Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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