While smoking, never threaten a man with a gasoline sprayer....

This is a discussion on While smoking, never threaten a man with a gasoline sprayer.... within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by king1138 I hate to be the party pooper here, but a lit cigarette is not hot enough to ignite gasoline. In reality, ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by king1138 View Post
    I hate to be the party pooper here, but a lit cigarette is not hot enough to ignite gasoline. In reality, gasoline is not even all that flammable. It's the vapors that you have to worry about, but either way a lit cigarette won't light it. I'm an auto tech, so I spend a lot of time around fuels. I've seen people toss a cig onto a puddle of gas, I've even seen someone toss a lit match onto a puddle of gas. It just puts out the flame. However, gasoline can cause some pretty serious chemical burns, so your threat was still a valid one. Just don't expect a fiery plume when the fuel hits someone smoking a cigarette.
    if you spray the cigarette directly yes it may put it out...if you spray the guy in the chest the vapors may ignite.
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    His lit cigarette alone would have been reason enough for me to send him packing.

    Yes, you can drop a lit cig into a bucket of gasoline and it will most likely go out. But if it happens to hit the bucket rim and throw off a shower of sparks, you're gonna be looking for an extinguisher. Bucket rim ... gas station concrete--no difference.
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    Glad everything turned out OK, DR.

    This reminds me of a situation I had a few weeks ago when 2 shady characters, one on a bicycle, were asking me and my buddy for a ride 6mi away. They wanted to hop in the back of my truck. The scary part was the one on the bike was circling after I first declined him then his buddy came walking from behind the pump, where I just happened to look for a 2nd guy, and walked right up to me trying to shake my hand, make small talk, convince me to drive them etc. I was on orange just by their demeanor and thankfully my buddy who was still in the truck was keeping an eye on guy #1, had his hand on the door handle ready to jump out if things went south(he doesn't carry, YET).
    This turned out to be a non-event but it reinforced the point for my friend and I that gas stations can be a dangerous place and your head must be on a swivel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21bubba View Post
    This is without a doubt the worst bit of information that I've ever seen posted on this forum. Ever smell gasoline? You're smelling the VAPOR. All you need is a wick (clothes) or atomization (breeze) and surprise.

    Come on over to my party and we'll let you try your theory out.

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    I always wonder where the people bumming gasoline find the money for the cigarettes they always seem to be smoking.
    +100 since you can buy at least 2-3 gallons of gasoline in most states for the price of one pack of cigarettes.
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    Hi folks, well since my original post I stopped at same truck stop again and saw this same "veteran" milling around the parking lot, talking with another guy, looking most unlike a stranded veteran trying to get "home"!

    This time, and ever since, I'm more alert whilst fueling....

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