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Old 07-22-2011, 03:19 PM   #1
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Officials said a Seminole man was seriously burned in an explosion while siphoning gas from a car with a leaf blower.

Pinellas County Sheriff's Spokesperson Tom Nestor said Joseph P. Williamson, 31, was working on the fuel lines of the 1997 Saturn belonging to his girlfriend, Sommer M. Brocuglio, 34, outside their home on 61st Avenue N when the gas ignited.

Investigators said Williamson found the gas lid open and became concerned the vehicle had been tampered with, and so he was trying to check the gas tank for sugar.

Witnesses said Williamson was trying to siphon gas with an electric leaf blower when a spark from the blower ignited the fire, the report said.

Williamson suffered serious burns to his arms and had to be taken to Tampa General Hospital.

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Old 07-22-2011, 04:05 PM   #4
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Oh, wow! And I just recently saw the episode of "1000 Ways To Die" where the two guys tried using a shop vac to siphon gas out of other people's cars.

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Old 07-22-2011, 04:46 PM   #5
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The thing is, there is a check valve in the filler hose that prevents easily siphoning the gas, and if somebody did get a hose into the tank, they probably would not easily get the hose back out. The leaf blower part does not make sense.

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The thing is, there is a check valve in the filler hose that prevents easily siphoning the gas, and if somebody did get a hose into the tank, they probably would not easily get the hose back out. The leaf blower part does not make sense.
There is a procedure in the FSM on how to get past the anti siphon features to drain the tank. It is not hard but leaf blowers and shop vacs are not recommended.

I though the days of checking the gas with a match died with the Model "T".

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Yes, gasoline + flame or sparks usually ends badly.

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