I've been guilty of smoking while the tank is filling, but I stay in the car and use the ashtray until I've pulled away from the gas station...after reading this I may not even do that...!

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Man, 40, dies of burns from fire at gas pump
November 22, 2002, Chicago Tribune

NORTHWEST SIDE -- A Humboldt Park man died Thursday of burns suffered when his clothes caught fire while he was pumping gas with a lit cigarette.

David Gerena, 40, who suffered burns over 90 percent of his body, was pronounced dead Thursday at Cook County Hospital.

Gerena was pumping gas at a station at 2800 W. Fullerton Ave. Wednesday morning when his cigarette ignited gas vapors and his clothing caught fire.

'He was [on fire] from the waist up-- he then dropped the gasoline filler hose and spilled gasoline ignited, engulfing his entire body,' said Chicago Police spokesman Ozzie Rodriguez. Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Have you or would you smoke a cigarette while you were getting gas?
I`ve been guilty of smoking while the tank is filling, but I stay in the car and use the ashtray until I`ve pulled away from the gas station...after reading this I may not even do that...!

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Man, 40, dies of burns from fire at gas pump

November 22, 2002, Chicago Tribune

NORTHWEST SIDE -- A Humboldt Park man died Thursday of burns suffered when his clothes caught fire while he was pumping gas with a lit cigarette.

David Gerena, 40, who suffered burns over 90 percent of his body, was pronounced dead Thursday at Cook County Hospital.

Gerena was pumping gas at a station at 2800 W. Fullerton Ave. Wednesday morning when his cigarette ignited gas vapors and his clothing caught fire.

`He was [on fire] from the waist up-- he then dropped the gasoline filler hose and spilled gasoline ignited, engulfing his entire body,` said Chicago Police spokesman Ozzie Rodriguez.


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19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/2/02 - 3:24:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is not the petrol liquid that burns, but the vapour. Here they won't even unlock the pump if you are using a cell phone, because a spark from it could ignite as you are filling your tank.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/12/03 - 6:53:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ew, I'd never smoke a cigerette, and if I did, NOT while pumping my gas
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/12/03 - 7:12:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
I did, but rarely.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/12/03 - 7:14:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
smoking is extremely dangerous to your health
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/12/03 - 7:15:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes, i blew the petrol station up and had me a little fire
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/12/03 - 7:17:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
i used to do that at work..i'd smoke while filling cars up at the car rental place i worked..didn't work the gas pumps there much..fortunately..
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/12/03 - 7:18:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
yeah it blew up come on it was cold outside
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/03 - 12:38:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
They have signs saying turn off the ignition because of the risk of a fire or explosion. Shouldn't that also transfer over to cigs?
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/03 - 12:41:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's an immensly stupid thing to do.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/27/04 - 2:35:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Only a moron would do that. Of course, anyone who smokes at all has got a good amount of moron in them.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/15/06 - 12:43:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
The Federline? Here are a few pictures of the rocket scientist maxing out Britney's platinum American Express card at the gas station ... filling his truck ... while smoking a cigarette:

http://trent.blogspot.com/2006/06/truth-...

15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/15/06 - 12:46:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
hell no, i saw some dumbass set a gas station on fire from smoking while i was sitting at a red light.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/15/06 - 12:47:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
I never have, and I don't see why I would considering how dangerous it is.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/15/06 - 9:13:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
i don't smoke so no and never will.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/15/06 - 9:18:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nope, I never have. I HAVE smoked a cigarette in my car while somebody else was pumping the gas, though. But I never flicked any ashes out the window or anything.
15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/23/07 - 10:44:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Never. It takes the slightest spark to ignite gas fumes.



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