BAKERSFIELD - Residents in a southwest Bakersfield neighborhood woke Thursday morning to explosions and found a car burning in the street. It happened around 2:30 a.m.
Police say the car had been stolen just ten minutes away from where it was found. Joshlyn Epperson who lives right there, didn't notice the car until it was blowing up in front of her house.
"The minute you opened the front door it was just shoooo," said Epperson.
Epperson describes the car fire that woke the neighborhood. Epperson's son, Josh took pictures as it burned out of control..
"The front windshield blew out and that's when the glass got everywhere. Then, I think the other explosions were the tires. It was whistling like a real high whistle, like what you see on T.V. for a radiator, but it was really loud and hot. The scariest thing was the embers coming off of the fire were coming into the tree and it looked like little fireflies going everywhere," described Epperson.
Bakersfield police say someone stole the car hours earlier, Wednesday night around 11 p.m., on Barley Harvest Avenue. Police say it was a 1993 Honda Civic, a type of car thieves have targeted in the past. And, they seemed to have struck again.
"There were items of value that were also inside the vehicle prior to it being stolen," said BPD spokeswoman, Michaela Sims.
The fire left just a shell of the car behind. The street in front of Epperson's home was blackened even further with melted rubber from the tires, a pile of burnt pieces, and glass spread like confetti throughout her lawn.
"It was scary for it to be right in our front yard," said Epperson.
City fire crews are still determining how the fire started. Bakersfield police did not detail the items of value inside the car that were stolen or if they were recovered. That's part of the investigation.
But, they would like anyone who knows anything about the stolen car and fire to call them at 327-7111.