We've reported before on the proliferation of natural-gas powered vehicles in the heavily oil-sanctioned state of Iran. Now we've got some further very dramatic circumstantial evidence that not all of the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles are as safe as their Iranian owners would hope.

It's hard to say just what caused the violent ending in this pickup refilling video – a KTLA rebroadcast from an unidentified news source – but the result is terrifying. In light of this catastrophic clip, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that CNG vehicles have an excellent safety record here in the US. Follow on below to watch the video clip.



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      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      " Watch this man's natural-gas pickup explode as he refuels it" ! Sensational headline ! Accompanied by a dramatic video, designed to create the impression that CNG/NG/LPG vehicle are unsafe. Buried in at the end of the article is the little disclaimer, "CNG vehicles have an excellent safety record here in the US". If the was an article about an EV fire, there would be an army of posts yelling "unfair" ! Of course, all most all stored energy has an element of risk. (Gasoline fires are far more common). This occurred in Iran, in unverified circumstances. But that won't stop the sensationalist impression this report will create when repeated.
        Boyd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marco Polo
        I have never seen an EV do that. That was an actual explosion... Boom!
        scottjcamp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marco Polo
        I'm pretty sure we had a county vehicle do the same thing @ the airport last year (or two) ago, but that's not to say it's inherently "unsafe" by any means. Every now and then, even the bus manages to splatter one of its passengers across the pavement.
      Bruce Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder what went wrong exactly-the driver seems to notice that something isn't right because he reaches to unhook the gas or something right before it blows.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Lee
        I was wondering the exact same thing. My first thought was that his tank can't handle as high pressure as the dispenser. He wanted to 'half-fill' it but got distracted. Or, an auto shut-off mechanism on the pump failed.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stuxnet strikes again!
      Carguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      From what I understand countries using converted CNG cars like Iran and Armenia they are using tanks that are not made of metal (some type of carbon fiber bag/compartment). The idea being that if their is an explosion the metal container/tank does not become a weapon. Pure speculation but the guy is driving a pretty beat up low cost Paykan truck so perhaps he went ahead and did a ultra low end CNG conversion with a substandard tank/bag.
      capn233
      • 1 Year Ago
      Safety third!
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      The guy's damn lucky he wasn't seriously injured, and that there wasn't a spark to light off all that gas.
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        @dukeisduke
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      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dude, that is a bad day.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Considering what happened, the fact that he survived makes it a very GOOD day!
      Cody
      • 1 Year Ago
      no DIY CNG truck for you!
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obviously he did a bad CNG retrofitting job.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man he was lucky, it could be worse!
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      The title of the video says this happened in southern Iran - they've got a big push on there to use NG vehicles.
      Doug
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like the tank ruptured. What you see there is the explosion from the rapid expansion of compressed gas. He's lucky there was no combustion.
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