Hummer in Florida With Full Gas Cans Catches Fire
I have been taught during my time on this Earth that common sense isn't necessarily all that common. Growing up, you had to learn a few things that became said common sense as you got older. For instance, sticking your finger in a light socket. Sure, I was told not to do it, but I didn't know why until I did. Now, I just know not to do that.
Apparently, some people in Florida don't quite understand the common sense that should surround such a volatile substance as gasoline. With people panicking about running out of gasoline due to the recent pipeline hacking, we are starting to see more pictures of insane ways people are trying to hoard gas. Some of them I have seen over time for years and years, while others are fresh off the press.
In Florida, the driver of a Hummer proceeded to fill up four five-gallon gas cans and place them inside the vehicle to transport. Now, we can give them partial credit for using the right container for storing the gas, but a big fail for putting them inside the vehicle.
Gasoline has a low flash point, which is the lowest temperature needed to form a flammable vapor. The smallest spark at this temperature will ignite the vapor and off it goes. Placing multiple cans of gasoline in a small enclosed space, like a Hummer, allows those vapors to accumulate and concentrate. If those vapors find a small spark or ignition source, then you have a burnt up Hummer. Something as simple as a dome light turning on can set the vapors off.
The cause of the fire started in the Hummer just as it was leaving the gas station. The Florida State Fire Marshal's Office is investigation the exact cause of the fire. One person in the vehicle was injured but refused medical treatment.