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[Apr. 16th, 2003|12:40 pm]
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so my mother forwarded me this e-mail

Subject: FW: Safety first when Fuelling vehicles The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations. In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car.

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

i'm skeptical. i'll be doing a google search on this soon.

here are my questions.

first, what make, modle, etc of phones were involved in said incidents?
what internally happened to cause this?

my first thought, some type of spark (dugh) but why would a cell phone spark like such?

anyone who has thoughts/ideas on this, please reply, i'm muy curioso.


From: ex_kyrene656
2003-04-16 10:06 am (UTC)
actually, I've seen gas stations have signs up that tell you to turn off your mobile phones and have always wondered why.
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[User Picture]From: moxie77
2003-04-16 01:19 pm (UTC)
ironically, it was because of an internet hoax (like the one yer mum forewarded to you) that some gas stations do have signs on the pumps warning of such a thing happening, but,no, there has never been a recored incident of a cell phone igniting gas fumes. there is a TINY chance of such a thing happening, so it might be a good idea not to use your phone while fueling up, but i wouldn't lose any sleep over it. (a good way to judge the authenticity of such eails is to think about if you ever saw anything about it on the news...)
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[User Picture]From: tj642
2003-04-16 01:48 pm (UTC)


...well, i say "GOOD"...shouldn't be on the phone so much anyhow!

There can be a "zing"...i find this especially true if i'm near any speakers or such....you can feel and hear the phone "check" into the cellspace....

crackles and sometimes a sorta zap..so..could be true!....but then again...like i said....get rid of the electronic leash!!!

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