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02/03/2011 04:17 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nigel Edinborough, Iraq War Veteran, Escapes Manhole Explosion

Nigel Edinborough knows a thing or two about dangerous situations.

But the Iraq war veteran was caught off guard when he narrowly escaped a Brooklyn manhole explosion that completely destroyed his car.

From the New York Post:

Nigel Edinborough's 2002 Ford Escape was incinerated less than two minutes after he left it on Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights around 6:30 a.m.

The car was incinerated, along with Edinborough's work tools, winter coat, sound system and GPS, after at least three manholes along Empire Boulevard exploded.

Edinborough was walking upstairs to his apartment when he heard the blast, which he compared to the sound he heard daily in Iraq, where roadside bombs regularly destroyed military convoys.

"I didn't pay it no attention," Edinborough said. "But then I heard helicopters and trucks overhead and turned on the news and I saw a vehicle on fire that looked like mine."

Edinborough said he knows he was fortunate.

"I could've been in the car," he said. "It happened not even two minutes after I moved it."

A spokesperson for Con Edison said the explosion may have been caused by melted snow and ice that had mixed with road salt to create "highly conductive runoff that shorted out underground power boxes."