Fireworks in the back seat of a car were once merely metaphor. At least one and possibly two vandals in Portland, Maine gave the phrase literal meaning last month, when they slipped what police believe was a Roman candle into the back seat of a parked car.

Police are searching for information about the culprit or culprit. Surveillance footage from a nearby apartment building shows someone from a parked car placing the firework through the partially opened window of a 2009 Nissan Versa at about 1:40 a.m. on July 17. The incident occurred on Cumberland Ave., according to the Portland Press-Herald.

Moments later, the guilty party leaves the lot in an unidentified gray vehicle out of the lot as the fireworks fill the Versa's back seat with smoke and dazzling show that lasts for approximately 20 seconds. The next morning, the vehicle owner found burn marks throughout the inside of her vehicle and called police.

Full story: Portland Press-Herald