Here’s another reason to quit smoking. Or at least at the pumps while filling the tank. Check out this video of a Georgia man who was flicking his Bic while fueling his Ford at a Gulf Food Mart in Georgia when it spit fire at his wife.
Maybe they don’t teach this at driving school, but gas tanks have gas in them. Gas is “flammable.” “Flammable” means it catches fire. Inflammable means it goes up in flames, Not that it doesn’t catch fire, too. Now, cigarette lighters–when they are flicked–spark and catch fire. A gas tank is kind of like a big cigarette lighter.
Austin Dawkins, 37, of Clarkesville, Ga., is sitting in Habersham County Jail without bail on reckless conduct charges for setting a fire at a gas station that “severely injured” his wife, Jessica.
According to a Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner news release, on October 16 Dawkins caused a fuel vapor explosion by flicking a cigarette light next to the gas tank of his 2002 Ford F-250 while filling it with gas. Dawkins suffered minor injuries to his hands, but his wife, Jessica, 30, who was standing on the other side of the tank, got the worst of it. She suffered second-and third degree-burns to her legs, arms, back and head. Jessica Dawkins was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and released home about a week ago.
Dawkins is set to be arraigned today on the reckless conduct charge. Reckless conduct is a misdemeanor and the most he’ll get is a year in jail and $1,000 fine.
Jessica Dawkins has not said a word.