August 20, 2001: Spanish Woman dies as toy car explodes
A toy car exploded in northern Spain, killing a woman and blinding her 16-month-old grandson in a blast that officials had initially investigated as a possible bomb attack by the Basque separatist group ETA. The remote-controlled toy blew up in the Basque city of San Sebastian inside a car, seriously injuring the child and killing his 62-year-old grandmother. A Basque police spokesman said bomb experts were trying to work out whether the toy had been booby-trapped but that initial investigations had not detected traces of explosives. A photograph on one Spanish newspaper website of the car in which the child and his grandmother were sitting showed no sign of external damage. “We cannot confirm or rule out anything, “ the police spokesman said.
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