New York state police officer OK after police car explodes

Newburgh, New York, police say foul play is not suspected

(Photo: Town of Newburgh NY Police Dept.)
(Photo: Town of Newburgh NY Police Dept.)

GARDNERTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A police car that exploded Tuesday morning in Gardnertown is under investigation by State Police, ATF, and the FBI.

Police say Officer Taso Karabelas was on patrol when he smelled smoke and called it in the police. As he was getting out of the car, the trunk exploded and the car went up in flames.

The explosion happened just before 6 a.m.

The officer was treated and released from the hospital.

It’s unclear what caused the car to catch fire. Police noted that a small oxygen tank was in a medical kit in the trunk.

Police say no foul play is suspected.