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Vancouver girl seriously hurt when discarded bottle explodes in her hands

UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018

The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)

A 13-year-old girl was seriously injured Saturday after picking up a plastic bottle tossed from a passing vehicle, only to have it explode in her hands, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Police dispatched at 7:40 p.m. to investigate a report of a small explosionin the Rose Village neighborhood discovered the girl suffering from significant injuries to her hands and arm, according to a police statement. She was transported to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Investigators learned that a green SUV had been traveling on East 26th Street when someone in the vehicle threw a small plastic bottle onto the ground before the vehicle drove away, according to the statement.

“The child witnessed this (and) went to collect the bottle to discard it when it exploded in her hands,” the statement said.

An arson investigator from the Vancouver Police Department was brought to the scene to process the evidence, according to the statement. It also said video footage was also provided to investigators.

The investigation continued Sunday.

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