CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hairsprays usually serve a single purpose, but leaving in the wrong place could turn fatal.

A woman in Vancouver, Wash. told NBC Charlotte's sister station KGW that she made a big mistake when leaving a can of hairspray in her hot car.

"It launched like a rocket," she recalled.

Coke cans and aerosol are long known to explode in hot cars, but hairspray is included in the list of explosive items that the Erie Insurance group has seen.

"It can lead to a car being a total loss," said James Nelson, a material damage supervisor who's been in the insurance business for 18 years.

"You don't want to have a child in car and have a can explode. That could be fatal."