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Flaming purse blows up, shuts down Boulder City council meeting

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An explosion disrupted a city council meeting in Boulder City. (Adam Herbets/FOX5) An explosion disrupted a city council meeting in Boulder City. (Adam Herbets/FOX5)
BOULDER CITY, NV (FOX5) -

Sparks flew on Tuesday night at the Boulder City council meeting when someone's purse randomly erupted into flames as it was sitting on her lap.

The woman, whose name is still unknown, was sitting directly behind a man speaking at the podium when the explosion stole the show. People started screaming. The purse ended up on the ground, singeing the carpet and eventually leaving burn marks on the sidewalk outside.

Luckily the city's top firefighter, Kevin Nicholson, who routinely attends city council meetings was there. Still, the fire chief said he didn't expect to be putting out fires at a typical meeting.

"I just knew something was wrong. I saw the smoke and said, 'That's not right,'" Nicholson said. "It was an exciting and unique evening!" 

Nicholson said the woman's cell phone was fine, but a battery in the woman's purse somehow malfunctioned and burst into flames. He recommended that people should make sure they are following manufacturer's recommendations in storing batteries for devices.

"You do need to be careful what you do put in your purse, and I know a lot of people like to bring a lot of things with them," he said.

Eventually, people in attendance were able to extinguish the flaming purse and continue the city council meeting. The woman only had minor burns to her leg and did not have to go to the hospital. 

"That was exciting. You're never going to forget that one," Mayor Rodney Woodbury laughed. "Come on back and finish your presentation!"

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