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Posted By: The Booze at 8:04 am

2 Sep 2009

JOLIET, Ill., Aug. 28 (UPI)Authorities in Illinois said a woman destroyed her car by trying to use a cigarette lighter to check the level of fuel in a gas can she was filling.

Police said the 27-year-old woman was filling up a gas can in the passenger seat of her yellow 1970 Chevrolet 400 at a 7-11 gas station in Joliet at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Joliet Herald-News reported Friday.

“(She) then used a lighter to use as a light to observe how full the can was,” a police report of the incident said.

The lighter caused the gas can to explode, engulfing the inside of the car in flames, and the woman quickly pushed the burning car away from the gas pump to prevent the fire from spreading.

The woman was treated by paramedics for non-life threatening second-degree burns to her right wrist and right thigh. She was taken to Silver Cross Hospital.

So let’s pretend you are a logical human being in this situation…It’s 10:30 at night and you can’t see very well, you have a gas can that you are currently filling with gas…after about 30 seconds you ask yourself “how full is this here gas can?” How would you go about finding that out? I suppose checking the weight of the can would be much too reasonable.

Anyway, I saw this as an opportunity to watch some great gasoline explosions…

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    No lie, when working in Maine once, my manager and I were at the gas station, we saw this dude in a pick up, just filling up milk containers full of gas, throwin them int he back fo the pickuip, i think their might have been tops to teh bottles, not sure. i was just like, really guy. wheres your cig, just waiting for him to light up in his truck, literally.

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