Anne Applebaum's Car Explodes?

Multiple outlets reported that the engine of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum's Jeep exploded on Saturday as she drove through a suburb of Warsaw—but now Applebaum's taken to Slate to come clean: She says the event was neither a mafia hit nor a murder plot, but a case of an engine fire. Applebaum, who is married to Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and who writes for The Washington Post and other papers, says she heard a strange noise in her car as she was driving, and got out to investigate. Shortly afterward, smoke and fire poured out. Thankfully Applebaum was not harmed. The police said they considered the problem technical in nature, but, The Times of London reports, assigned bodyguards to Applebaum at least until the car had been thoroughly examined. Applebaum and Sikorski have been critics of the Kremlin.