Sharjah: Five teenagers were injured when their car caught fire on Saturday night, Sharjah Police said on Sunday.

A police officer told Gulf News that the five young men, aged between 16 to 19, were in the Al Heera Corniche area at around 7pm when the incident happened. One of the passengers tried to use the vehicle’s cigarette lighter — the moment he did so the car exploded in flames.

Police said the fire happened because the young men had flammable liquids inside the car.

“Firefighters controlled the blaze and prevented it from spreading to other cars in this busy area,” the officer said.

Four of the victims are Emirati while one is without documents to prove his identity. The teenagers sustained moderate to minor burns and were admitted to Al Kuwaiti Hospital. They were discharged on Sunday.

Police warned people to refrain from using flammable materials or liquid inside cars.

“Motorists should be careful and alert while using lighters or smoking inside the car.”

Similar incidents have occurred recently, police said. One car caught fire while in a parking area in Sharjah and three people were injured. Another car caught fire on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road on the way to Umm Al Quwain.