JOLIET – A Will County Sheriff’s squad car burst into flames and was consumed by fire Tuesday afternoon.
About 4:45 p.m., a sheriff’s office field supervisor parked his car in a parking lot in the 3100 block of Theodore Street in Joliet.
Deputy Chief Tom Budde of the sheriff’s office said the field supervisor was inside the building at that address for about three minutes about the time he heard his vehicle’s car horn honk.
The field supervisor went outside and saw the rear interior of the vehicle was on fire. The Joliet Fire Department responded to the scene and was able to extinguish the flames, but the car and its contents were a complete loss.
Another vehicle parked just south of the squad car also sustained minor damage.
While the car was engulfed in flames, witnesses could hear a popping noise that sounded similar to firecrackers. The popping sound was extra magazines of ammunition in the vehicle that exploded, Budde said, who noted that the bullets were not loaded in a weapon. He said the small explosions were harmless.
Budde added that the fire appeared to be caused by an electrical problem in the vehicle. The rear of the car contained electronics equipment, including computers.
The field supervisor was unharmed.