Burning flare destroys police cruiser

9/28/2013
TPD-damaged-cruiser

A Toledo police cruiser was destroyed when a safety flare in the trunk ignited. Police Sgt. Edward Mohr was responding to a call when the car caught fire.

A Toledo police cruiser was destroyed when a safety flare in the trunk ignited. Police Sgt. Edward Mohr was responding to a call when the car caught fire.
A Toledo police cruiser was destroyed when a safety flare in the trunk ignited. Police Sgt. Edward Mohr was responding to a call when the car caught fire.

A Toledo police cruiser was destroyed when a safety flare caught fire in the trunk.

Police Sgt. Edward Mohr was responding to a reported burglary at 4:38 a.m. Friday when he smelled burning sulfur, according to an incident report.

Thick black smoke was coming from the back of the car, forcing the sergeant to pull over at White and Idaho streets in East Toledo.

The sergeant was able to get out of the vehicle and wave off oncoming vehicles before the cruiser became totally engulfed in flames.

The Toledo Fire Department extinguished the fire.

The sergeant was not injured, though he did report inhaling smoke and fumes.

He also reported that a department shotgun was partially melted and fused to the front gun rack.