A car explosion in Vancouver's West End was the result of a mistake when its owner stored gas in the back of the vehicle, a Vancouver fire captain told media Wednesday.

The car exploded in the 800-block of Nicola Street, the Vancouver police said in a Wednesday news release.

No one was in the car when it blew up and two people driving by at the time were sent to St. Paul's Hospital with injuries from flying glass. There was extensive damage to some nearby buildings, some of it as high as 12 stories, Vancouver fire captain Gabe Roder told a media briefing.

The owner of the car allegedly stored gas used for soldering. The car exploded when he tried to open it with a remote, News1130 reported.

Vancouver residents are warned to store such gas containers in ventilated areas, especially as barbecue season approaches, Roder told the briefing.

"What happened behind me is the result of one big mistake," he said.

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  • This gallery shows photos and reaction from a shocking car explosion in Vancouver's West End on May 22, 2013. This Twitter photo shows the aftermath of the explosion.

  • All that's left of a car that exploded in Vancouver's West End on May 22, 2013.

  • Police attend a car explosion in Vancouver's West End on May 22, 2013.

  • Shattered glass from a car explosion in Vancouver's West End on May 22, 2013.

  • Shattered glass from a car explosion in Vancouver's West End on May 22, 2013.

  • A windshield from a car explosion on Vancouver's West End on May 22, 2013.

  • Nathalie

    Woke up to a loud explosion this morning; turns out a car exploded a few blocks away. Crazy. #WestEnd #Vancouver

  • Drew Jones

    Car / gas tank explosion in Vancouver (West End) :O Everything okay out there @BryannaCBaker ?

  • Blog Trot

    Can we just give what's left of this #vancouver car explosion to #Batman? He and Alfred can analyze it and figure this all out.

  • Harajuku Homee

    An empty car explosion is morning news in Vancouver, but that happens everyday in Scarberia on ppl's lawns.

  • Arlyn Bantog

    Glass everywhere. There's the car. #vancouver #explosion #westend http://t.co/VVzepddjQ0

  • Bob Mackin

    Material Safety Data Sheet for acetylene; improper storage was the apparent cause of the #Vancouver car explosion. http://t.co/uGobHiwJQj

  • Andrew Carne

    So that's the sound that woke me up... “@News1130radio: #Carexplosion in Vancouver’s West End http://t.co/dWh6D8HQXr”

  • Grant McMillan

    Wow! RT @CKNW: Car explosion in #Vancouver's West End http://t.co/ijwc4Byn3Q

  • Puck

    Woah. That car explosion was nuts. Glad no one was hurt. #vancouver

  • Kemi Wells

    What I thought was thunder this morning (before I looked to see blue sky) was actually a car explosion on Nicola & Robson!! #Vancouver