I'll start with saying I realize I probably made a serious rookie mistake. I took apart the driver's side interior of the car for a learning experience. I got to the point where I removed the ignition/key core and had the car to where I could start it with a pair of pliers reaching into the core and turning the piece of metal to the on or start position.
Then, as I was testing the wires which led to the key barrel with a multimeter to see which one started the car, there was a spark. After this, I could no longer start my car. The spark occurred as I was checking the thick white wire. Based on a few web searches, I think this is the 12V constant power wire, but I could be wrong.
All accessories in the car work when I turn the car to the on position. It is only when I try to fully start the car that the accessories turn off and the engine won't start. I don't hear any sounds. All interior fuses look good based on visual inspection.
Any ideas? I would love to salvage this car. Thank you in advance for your help!!