It's easy to forget just how dangerous fueling your vehicle can be. Drivers visit gas stations hundreds of times a year, and topping off the tank is as second nature as tying your shoelaces.

However, that doesn't mean gasoline has suddenly turned less flammable. Just ask one absent-minded guy in Australia. While waiting for the pump to shut off, the gentleman checked to see if his cigarette lighter was in working order. Sure enough, a small flame popped up with the first flick of the flint, and the fumes from the gushing gas pump quickly followed suit.

Our wicked fire-starter took the time to hop his open car door instead of simply closing it, and sprinted right past a clearly visible fire extinguisher in an attempt to save his own skin. Fortunately, the station operator had the presence of mind to shut down the pump, and a bystander took it upon himself to douse the flames with water. Authorities say everyone involved was only seconds from going extra crispy. Check out the video below.



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      Jimmery
      • 2 Years Ago
      For those of you bashing the doctor because he didn't use the extinguisher--get a grip: he ran to the scene quickly threw water on the flames. The extinguisher was behind the large pillar and wouldn't have even been visible. The fire fighter is even commending him for saving the day! Sheesh, quit being so negative. He was smart and acted quickly by doing the right thing!
      BC
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still see people smoking while filling their tanks, and I just drive away, or if I've already started the pump, extract it as quickly as possible and drive away. I gave up saying anything because smokers tend to feel put upon by regulations, and often get belligerent even at polite requests. But just because it doesn't turn into a disaster every time doesn't mean it's a good practice, and I don't want to be at the next pump when it does turn into a mishap.
        TJ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BC
        It's not smokers in general, it's people who are ignorant and lack any type of common sense. Like saying all men beat women, all women are ******, or "smokers tend to feel put upon by regulations, and often get belligerent even at polite requests."
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TJ
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      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      In his defense, the warning sign says "No Smoking", not "No Playing With Lighters".
      Daniel D
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Australia, wearing a hoodie is directly related to your IQ and not in a good way.
      oollyoumn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Back in the late 80s I watch as a man with a lite cigarette in has hand holding the pump caught himself and the car on fire when there was some back spray when the tank became full. He actually put the fires out by patting his hand, leg and the car with his other hand. The only funny part was that he was so nervous afterward that he needed a smoke badly. Fortunately he was smart enough not to light another one, but he pulled out another cigarette and puffed wildly on it unlit for few moments. I was waiting to pay for a paper, but was wishing for a back exit to the building.
      J D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would this have happened if he wasn't wearing a hoodie?
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Remember: Only You Can Prevent Gas Station Fires. Oh, and Fire Extinguishers are there for a reason.
      Ivan Ivanovich Renko
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Did this happen in Darwin, Australia?" Luckily for me, I wasn't taking a sip of any refreshing beverage when I read that one... takes the Darwin Awards to a whole 'nother level, doesn't it?
      adam 9c1
      • 2 Years Ago
      and as he jumped over the hood he passed the fire extinguisher.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just last month a car pulled into a gas station on fire and stopped right next to the pumps. It took 2 of us and 3 fire extinguishers to put it out. While we were putting it out people were pulling in the station and pulling right up to the pumps next to the burning car. The guy that was with the girl who owned the car told me to stop spraying the car because I was going to ruin the car. I wish I could post the pictures of the car that took.
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love how front and center the huge red fire extinguisher is the whole time. All those safety measures you never think about, the auto-stop on the pump handle kept him from immolation... that thing normally just annoys me! I dunno if I would have yanked the handle out like that, he's just asking to be sprayed with burning fuel. Then again, that allowed the metal flap in the fuel inlet to close, cutting off the oxygen and flames from the tank... it also kept all that water out ;)
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dumb azz...
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