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Static spark ignites gas pump

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by StarShip2100, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. StarShip2100

    StarShip2100 Futurist

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    How many don't beleive it can happen?

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,588605,00.html?test=latestnews


    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Authorities in Pennsylvania say a gas station patron died when static electricity ignited a fire as he filled up his tank.
    Authorities say 19-year-old L. David Byers of central Pennsylvania died early Friday at the gas station in Camp Hill.

    A gas station equipment expert says the only other fatality from a static-generated fire was in Oklahoma more than a decade ago.

    Petroleum Equipment Institute Executive Vice President Robert Renkes says such fires require a pump without a vapor recovery device and a motorist who generates static electricity during fueling.

    Renkes says static is usually discharged safely several ways before a motorist begins fueling up
     
  2. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    Once in 10 years? Sucks for him, but I ain't worried about it.
     

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    I bet he was using a cell phone. There have supposedly been people burned in the past ten years from cell phones and fumes igniting. I have no idea if it can happen or not. Poor fellow though.That would have been a heck of a way to go.
     
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    http://www.snopes.com/autos/hazards/gasvapor.asp

    http://mythbustersresults.com/episode2

    Using one’s cell phone while pumping gas/petrol can cause an explosion.

    busted

    A properly-working cell phone poses almost no danger of igniting gasoline, even when surrounded by gasoline vapor with the optimum fuel-air mix for ignition. The actual risk comes from an electrostatic discharge between a charged driver and the car, often a result of continually getting into and out of the vehicle.

    (This myth was revisited in episode 14 and it was busted again.)
     
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    i am not sure that it ruled out an arc from faulty battery connections.
     
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    I'm also pretty sure that a cell phone on fire may likely ignite the vapors...:whistling:
     
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    I agree one hundred percent.
     
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    I've never seen it start a fire, but I've seen some pretty wicked arcs of static electricity from my helicopters when doing hot refuels.

    Then again, we run Jet A, not 110 LL. I do know of several airplanes that have been burnt to the ground running 110 LL, and improperly grounded during refueling.