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Published on Apr 25, 2014
Two Russian men have been left deaf after what was apparently a home-made gas-powered car overheated in a traffic jam, and blasted the vehicle apart.
The spectacular explosion, which blew the car's spare tyre 30 foot into the air and blew out the windows, was captured with a dash cam on the Moscow Automobile Ring Road, or MKAD, which is a road encircling the Russian capital Moscow.
The blast was so powerful, it scattered debris across five lanes of traffic.
And seconds later, the driver and passenger open the doors, and stagger out onto the highway clutching their hands to their heads. Both later told medics they could hear nothing apart from a permanent ringing sound.
Moscow doctor Leo Konovalov, who treated driver Edgar Maslov, 23, and passenger Gabriel Yermolayev, 48, said: "There was a massive pressure wave in the car caused by the exploding gas. If it was strong enough to send a heavy rubber tyre into the air, then you can imagine what it has done to the men's eardrums. It is too early yet to see if they will ever hear again, but the prognosis is certainly not good."
Police confirmed they were examining the vehicle that had to be towed away, and were awaiting an expert report before passing any comment.