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Old 05-13-2021, 02:11 PM   #61 (permalink)
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I'd like to know more details. The gas must have spilled out, and he must have lit up right next to them.

Wondering why he didn't throw the flaming cans out of the vehicle?

I used to spill a bit of gas every time I filled equipment in the garage. I'd light the spill on fire to dispose of it. One time it was a bit more of a spill than normal, and when it flamed up I took a step backwards kicking the fuel can over and igniting it. Flames streamed across the garage floor as the gas spilled out. I grabbed the flaming can and chucked it out of the garage into the lawn. Then I grabbed a blanket and smothered the fires in the garage.

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Old 05-13-2021, 04:04 PM   #62 (permalink)
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I'd like to know more details. The gas must have spilled out, and he must have lit up right next to them.

Wondering why he didn't throw the flaming cans out of the vehicle?

I used to spill a bit of gas every time I filled equipment in the garage. I'd light the spill on fire to dispose of it. One time it was a bit more of a spill than normal, and when it flamed up I took a step backwards kicking the fuel can over and igniting it. Flames streamed across the garage floor as the gas spilled out. I grabbed the flaming can and chucked it out of the garage into the lawn. Then I grabbed a blanket and smothered the fires in the garage.
That's one hell of a shot of adrenaline! I mean, I assume it would be if I'd ever done anything similar...

Considering this genius was trying to stockpile less than 1 extra tank worth of gas while spending an extra $100 in gas cans to hold it... I highly doubt anything intelligent was at play here.
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Old 05-13-2021, 04:58 PM   #63 (permalink)
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I've got a high threshold for danger because I'm very curious and have made a lot of mistakes (more likely to cause disaster, and more capable to handle it).

One time gas sloshed in the can just perfectly as I carried it to send a stream into my eye. My initial reaction was pain so intense I thought I was dying. I waited a second hoping death would come soon, but then realized I wasn't that lucky. I spent the next 5 minutes with my head in the bathtub with cold water pouring on my eye.

Anyhow, seems the guy made a series of poor decisions. That's usually what causes disaster; not a single unfortunate event, but a series of bad decisions.
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GM did it look cool, but didn't made it idiot-proof. On a sidenote, had it been Diesel-powered like the real military rigs, most likely this problem wouldn't have happened.
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I mean, minimum effort to contend with the back end full of burning fuel containers is to stomp on the accelerator and have them tumble out the back. If you're lucky enough, the remaining spilled fuel still on fire could be smothered with a shirt.
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That headline is some internet rando sensationalizing with unknown information. The Hummer did burn, and had 4 5-gallon gas cans in back, but the cause of the fire has not been determined.
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I remember trying to fix an old f100 with a 300 six with my dad in an unfinished garage under construction. It was a freezing cold Montana winter day and we had one of those kerosene jet heaters going. He had a tiny cup of gas he was dribbling down into the carb while I tried to keep it running in the cab. Next thing I saw the fireball backlash through the carb, made him jerk his hand back, spilling the rest of the gas down his arm igniting him up like a Phoenix trying to fly away. This the the Phoenix's secret, the faster he flaps, the bigger the flames get. Then he tripped over the larger open gas can spilling that and making a flaming puddle under the truck. I can laugh now becuase he wasn't seriously burned wearing winter clothes and gloves, but he ruined a jacket and scared the crap out of 13 year old me who figured it all must have been my fault somehow. The Phoenix, the fire dance, the glow under the truck, the jet engine roaring, it's all engrained in my head still today.
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I remember trying to fix an old f100 with a 300 six with my dad in an unfinished garage under construction. It was a freezing cold Montana winter day and we had one of those kerosene jet heaters going. He had a tiny cup of gas he was dribbling down into the carb while I tried to keep it running in the cab.
I'd rather try WD-40

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