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Hummer Destroyed After Driver Fills Petrol Cans Amid Gas Shortage

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Hummer Destroyed After Driver Fills Petrol Cans Amid Gas Shortage

Forget toilet paper, a petrol shortage has hit parts of America and people have flocked to gas stations to panic buy the precious liquid.

Residents have been rocking up with plastic bags, huge buckets and anything else they can find that will store petrol until the shortage dies down.

However, one driver has found out the hard way why you should be careful when you're carrying a lot of petriol.

Firefighters in Citrus County, Florida were called to reports of a vehicle fire in Homosassa this week.

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Credit: Citrus County Fire Rescue
Credit: Citrus County Fire Rescue

They discovered a Hummer vehicle engulfed in flames and they quickly set about extinguishing the fire.

The driver told them he had filled up four 18-litre petrol cans at the Texaco Food Mart and chucked them all into the back of his vehicle.

The Florida State Fire Marshal's Office has started an investigation into the cause of the blaze, however social media speculated the driver might have lit a cigarette and sparked the fire.

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The owner of the Hummer refused to be transported to hospital to be treated for burns suffered in the incident, which was against medical advice.

A person on Reddit pointed out how Florida isn't actually affected by the Pipeline gas shortages being seen in other parts of the country. The state gets its fuel from a company called Barge, however it didn't stop people flocking to gas stations over fears they might run out.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

It all started when a cybersecurity attack hit Colonial Pipeline, which delivers around 45 percent of the petrol used on America's east coast.

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The attack has seen fuel prices have soar, with American Automobile Association saying they hit an average price of $3.008 (£2.14) per gallon, which is the highest since October 2014.

The panic buying became so severe that the US government was forced to issue a warning because people were being dangerous with the way they were getting their fuel.

Although the viral photo above has been proven to be from 2019, it hasn't stopped the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from issuing a warning to anyone thinking of trying out such a storage system.

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Posting a thread on Twitter, the government agency warned: "Use only containers approved for fuel. Follow the gas canister manufacturer instructions for storing and transporting gasoline.

"When using a gas canister, never pour gasoline over or near an open flame.

"Flame jetting is a sudden and possibly violent flash fire that can occur when pouring flammable liquids from a container over an exposed flame or other ignition source.

"NEVER pour flammable liquids from a container over an exposed flame."

Featured Image Credit: Citrus County Fire Rescue

Topics: News, US News

Stewart Perrie
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