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Officials warn that water bottles can cause fires in vehicles

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Posted at 10:20 PM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 23:20:32-04

Some first responders have some important advice for people who keep water bottles in their vehicles.

Acccording to KFOX 14, they say leaving a clear plastic water bottle in direct sunlight in a car can become a quick fire hazard.

“It would need to be a full water bottle, that is filled to the top of the water,” Manlius Firefighter Jay Symonds said according to KFOX 14, "The water and the plastic create a magnifying effect, and could essentially set upholstery on fire or a piece of plastic on fire."

Here is a video with a demonstration:

Firefighters suggest storing water bottles out of direct sunlight in a trunk if necessary.