Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Y was blocked off for about 45 minutes this afternoon, after a car burst into flames in the middle of the intersection.
The car was traveling southbound in the left-hand lane at around 2:15 p.m. After pulling into the intersection, the driver said she noticed smoke coming from the hood of the car, and the flames coming out of the sides. She jumped out of the car and watched from the sidewalk as flames engulfed the vehicle.
No one was harmed in the incident, which she said was probably caused by an electrical problem.
When we spoke to her, she waited for her husband to pick her up and joked about the incident.
“I don’t care,” she said. “It’s just a car. No one got hurt. I got out. It’s just a car and I don’t care.”
Firefighters put out the flames while police shut down Nostrand Avenue for a half block in each direction. A police truck came and towed the remains away, leading to the full reopening of the avenue by 3:00 p.m.