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HooDooWitch
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smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?

Was filling up at a QT station in Ga and looked up from my gas tank filler door, in the freezing cold with my teeth chattering, and see an old lady smoking next to a Ford Ranger while her decrepit old husband filled the tank. She was with in five feet of the of the novel spewing out the gas and then took one last drag and tossed the butt down, in a Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry kind of swagger, and stomped it out. I was maybe fifteen feet away when I looked up in fear. At what distance safe before I need to run for cover? I'm not a smoker so I have no idea what is safe. What say the OT?


LSU lilly
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
When you see it catch fire, you should probably run...?


HeadSlash
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
test it yourself and report back.


rintintin
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
I may be mistaken, but I think it's pretty hard for a cigarette to actually light gasoline/fumes. Pretty sure Hollywood has made us think otherwise.


Oily Tigah
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
FACT:You cant light gas or gas fumes with a cigarette. You need a spark or flame. Nearly froze to death while hunting one time. Had one match. Chose poorly.
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nastynelly
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
im a smoker, but i toss the cig out before I even pull into the station


LSUballs
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
You can chunk a lit cig in a bucket of gas and all it would do is go out. Not advocating pumping gas and smoking, just sayin..
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TouchdownTN
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
A cigarette doesn't burn at a high enough temperature to light gasoline.

Since you are alive and all, I'd say 5 feet is a pretty safe distance.


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Willie Stroker
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
You should have "accidentally" gunned a spritz of gas in their direction. Might have given them a lesson-learning scare. It doesn't blow up like on TV. You would have had time to get away.


sheek
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
I think even the show Jackass proved its almost impossible.


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yellowfin
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
cigarettes generally don't burn hot enough to ignite gas


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WhiteWhale
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
2 feet


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Pepe Lepew
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
quote:

I'm not a smoker so I have no idea what is safe


not smoking at a gas pump you should be OK .....


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Pectus
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
glowing embers cannot ignite vapors.

vapors can be ignited by standing flame. if she lit it away from the pump and walked closer i think it would be ok


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Alertbbs1
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
I've smoked while pumping gas, I believe Mythbusters busted that myth, but it still makes people around you nervous

P.S. They also say you aren't supposed to talk on the cell phone and pump gas, If this could cause an explosion then there wouldn't be any gas stations left
This post was edited on 2/16 at 10:16 am


HooDooWitch
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
I'm pretty sure their are signs posted that warn you not to do it, but I'm only assuming because I haven't read them.


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Trauma14
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
wearing a gortex jacket around a gas pump is more dangerous than a cigarette.


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dillpickleLSU
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
it takes an open flame to ignite gasoline....a cigarette is not an open flame

eta: when you light the cigarette you are using an open flame...so it's not advisable to light it at the pump
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HooDooWitch
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
Great idea! Just like Raylan Givens did in the season premier of Justified last week


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Pectus
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re: smoking near a gas pump. How close can you get?
i always destaticize myself before pumping gas, because i have quite a.....charge

one time i left the engine on while pumping gas and didn't explode.


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