Go Back > Non-UL Chat > Crash and Burn

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 15 August 2017, 09:02 AM
Psihala's Avatar
Psihala Psihala is offline
Join Date: 28 February 2001
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 8,222
Flame SUV carrying barbecue grill explodes when woman lights cigarette

A Florida woman lit a cigarette, sparking an explosion of a propane barbecue grill being transported in her SUV.
Reply With Quote
Old 15 August 2017, 11:12 PM
DrRocket's Avatar
DrRocket DrRocket is offline
Join Date: 03 February 2006
Location: Rosemount, MN
Posts: 2,278


Even though I know that corner of the top was probably peeled up by the first responders to get her out of the front, that's still a colossal amount of damage. That they had to pry the roof up shows you how badly the body was distorted by the explosion.
Reply With Quote
Old 15 August 2017, 11:32 PM
RichardM RichardM is online now
Join Date: 27 March 2004
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Posts: 4,646

I'm going to send that link to my wife. She is the safety specialist for the college of Engineering at NMSU. One of the student clubs has been reprimanded more than once for storing the propane take to their grill inside. Last time it was stored inside, they hid it in the men's room thinking my wife wouldn't look THERE. She did and the bottle is now at our house stored outside. She left a note telling the students where the bottle is.
Reply With Quote
Old 16 August 2017, 01:26 AM
ASL's Avatar
ASL ASL is offline
Join Date: 04 July 2003
Location: Norfolk, VA
Posts: 5,913

Hank Hill reaction shot on hearing of an improperly maintained propane tank (strike one) and use of an open flame IVO a propane tank (strike two). Probably not transporting the grill/tank IAW Texas Propane Commission Safety guidelines either (two and a half). What happens when he gets to three? Not even he knows.
Reply With Quote
Old 16 August 2017, 02:08 PM
overyonder overyonder is offline
Join Date: 03 March 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 2,123

Orlando police Lt. Cindy Lane tells news outlets that the grill was turned on and the propane tank was open in the back of the red Kia Sorento.
How do you run (aka "use") a grill in an enclosed vehicle? Or may be they meant to say that the grill's valve was turned to on but the burner was not burning.

In any case, if you must transport a propane tank in a car (never a great idea but sometimes unavoidable), at least leave all the windows down to ventilate the vehicle... and turn the valve off completely.

Reply With Quote
Old 16 August 2017, 04:22 PM
Sooeygun Sooeygun is offline
Join Date: 30 May 2008
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 1,162

Brings to mind a time my dad gave a ride to someone who ran out of gas. On the way back to the guy's car with the gas can between the guy's feet, guy pulled out a pack of cigarettes and asked if my dad minded if he smoked.
Reply With Quote
Old 16 August 2017, 05:10 PM
Lainie's Avatar
Lainie Lainie is offline
Join Date: 29 August 2005
Location: Suburban Columbus, OH
Posts: 74,567

When I was in high school, a guy in my hometown was looking for/fixing a gas leak in his kitchen, then apparently took a break and lit up a cigarette. Fortunately, his elderly mother was in bed, and survived the explosion without serious injury. He wasn't so lucky. I always wondered if he had time to realize what he'd done.
Reply With Quote
Old 16 August 2017, 07:54 PM
thorny locust's Avatar
thorny locust thorny locust is online now
Join Date: 27 April 2007
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 9,802

Years ago, there was a case not all that far from where I was living at the time, in which somebody brought a gas-fueled chain saw into the house in order to work on it, and took it apart in the kitchen.

Then somebody else -- I think the first person's wife -- lit up a cigarette.

I no longer remember whether either or both of them survived the result; but there was certainly considerable damage.
Reply With Quote
Old 17 August 2017, 03:38 AM
Beachlife!'s Avatar
Beachlife! Beachlife! is offline
Join Date: 23 June 2001
Location: Lansing, MI
Posts: 28,649

Not an hour ago I had to tell someone who was actively pumping gas, to put out his cigarette. I wasn't that nice about it though.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Woman's breast implant explodes snopes Crash and Burn 4 27 June 2013 11:16 PM
Bees in a Barbecue Jenn Fauxtography 20 01 September 2009 10:31 PM
Sears baby-cooking grill snopes Fauxtography 10 22 August 2009 02:37 PM
Ted's Montana Grill snopes Business 2 04 February 2008 04:51 PM

All times are GMT. The time now is 03:51 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.