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Old 09-08-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Derby, KS
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Saw on the news a few years back a tragic explosion resulted from a static shock. Young girl got out of her car to pump some gas and the static from her body ignited some fuel at the filler top of her tank. They caught it all on camera.

Also should never fuel up a plastic fuel container in a plastic bedliner of a truck. Always take it out and sit it on the ground before fueling. The static between the plastics can ignite the fuel.

About the smoking thing though....I'm not a smoker....nor do I condone smoking...much less taking the risk at smoking outside at a gas station. But in my experience a cigarette won't typically ignite standard passenger car fuel. You can toss a lit cigarette into a puddle of fuel and the fuel will put the cigarette out probably 9 times out of 10. Seen it IRL several times....then saw them do it on mythbusters a few weeks ago.
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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i think its comical that someone would actually let their car idle, which of course wastes fuel, as they refill their tank.
You mean to tell me you've never done this in the winter way up there in Wisconsin?
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Saw on the news a few years back a tragic explosion resulted from a static shock. Young girl got out of her car to pump some gas and the static from her body ignited some fuel at the filler top of her tank. They caught it all on camera.

Also should never fuel up a plastic fuel container in a plastic bedliner of a truck. Always take it out and sit it on the ground before fueling. The static between the plastics can ignite the fuel.

About the smoking thing though....I'm not a smoker....nor do I condone smoking...much less taking the risk at smoking outside at a gas station. But in my experience a cigarette won't typically ignite standard passenger car fuel. You can toss a lit cigarette into a puddle of fuel and the fuel will put the cigarette out probably 9 times out of 10. Seen it IRL several times....then saw them do it on mythbusters a few weeks ago.
here is hoiw fast it can happen. never pull the nozzle out of the tank when if it catches fire worst thing you can do.


YouTube - Gas Pump Explosion Caused by Static Electricity
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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since no one got hurt this has to be the best gas pump accident I have ever seen.
never leave you car running and in gear when filling up.

YouTube - Idiot of the Day: Gas Pump Guy
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:13 PM
 
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Every gas pump I have used has the laws on fuleing clearly posted at the pumps. I have seen attendants turn off apump when someone is breaking those laws.I have witnessed people filling their lawmopwer lot during the years from a gas can while smoking but it still a dumb idea. Only takes once in most instances.
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Every gas pump I have used has the laws on fuleing clearly posted at the pumps. I have seen attendants turn off apump when someone is breaking those laws.
Great idea, Texdav, but most gas stations nowadays rarely have an attendant readily available.

Since witnessing that horrific gas station explosion I mentioned earlier in this thread, I have hit the emergency stop button a number of times and will do it again if I spot someone either smoking or leaving their engine running while pumping gas.
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:22 PM
 
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since no one got hurt this has to be the best gas pump accident I have ever seen.
never leave you car running and in gear when filling up.

YouTube - Idiot of the Day: Gas Pump Guy
That car wasn't running, it was just not put into gear or the parking brake set.
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:25 PM
 
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There's nothing inherently dangerous about pumping gas with a motor running - nothing will happen between the car and the gas pump - its people that are the problem.
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:28 PM
 
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i think its comical that someone would actually let their car idle, which of course wastes fuel, as they refill their tank.
Fyi, an idling cars expends about the same fuel idling over two minutes as it would driving down the road at 35-45 mph or so. If it takes 10 min to get the car filled up and your car gets 20 mpg, you burned very little fuel, but its wasteful none the less.
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Old 09-09-2009, 05:31 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Saw on the news a few years back a tragic explosion resulted from a static shock. Young girl got out of her car to pump some gas and the static from her body ignited some fuel at the filler top of her tank. They caught it all on camera.

Also should never fuel up a plastic fuel container in a plastic bedliner of a truck. Always take it out and sit it on the ground before fueling. The static between the plastics can ignite the fuel.

About the smoking thing though....I'm not a smoker....nor do I condone smoking...much less taking the risk at smoking outside at a gas station. But in my experience a cigarette won't typically ignite standard passenger car fuel. You can toss a lit cigarette into a puddle of fuel and the fuel will put the cigarette out probably 9 times out of 10. Seen it IRL several times....then saw them do it on mythbusters a few weeks ago.


It isn't the liquid fuel you need to worry about it's the fumes that will get ya hurt.
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