UPDATE: Fifth grader credited with saving man from burning car



Investigators have determined the cause of an explosion in Green Township that sent a man to the hospital Thursday morning.

Officials say  the explosion was caused by a leaking acetylene tank that was in the trunk of the Anthony Nuss' vehicle. He put the tank there the night before and planned on replacing the tank Thursday morning.

A mother and her 10-year-old son are credited with saving Nuss.

"I was taking my son to school," said neighbor Anna Metzger. "He heard a big boom and he ran down there. He saw a car of fire and said, 'Mom there is a man in there!' He kept running, he started pulling him out, I was ten seconds behind him and pulled him out."

"I was the first one to get there, and I was like running then the woman next to it said there was a man in inside, so I went down to the car and I started pulling him out and then she came over and started helping me," said Anna's son, Mikey.

Officials believe an electrical spark ignited fumes when the victim started his car.

Anthony Nuss is conscious at the University Hospital and his burn injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

Fox19 will continue to bring you updated information as it becomes available.

- A car explosion in Green Township left a man severely burned.

It happened just before 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Krierview Drive and Musketeer.

Police say Anthony Nuss, 30, started his red Chevy Cavalier and the car exploded. The car was parked outside Nuss' home.

He was transported to University Hospital, but his condition is unknown.

Firefighters and Duke Energy crews were on the scene, but investigators had them leave so they would not contamininate the scene and called in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Duke reports the explosion caused hundreds of customers to be without power in that area at one time.

A witness tells FOX19 she pulled the victim out of the car and that he was severely burned.

It is not clear what caused the explosion. The car has been demolished and debris was all over the place, even on the roofs of surrounding homes.