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Old 03-29-2008, 12:10 AM   #21
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Stopped to get fuel on the way home this evening. Turbo was hot (have a pyrometer on the a pillar), and I didn't feel like waiting for it. So with the car idling, I opened the fuel lid, got out of the car and proceeded to pump fuel. While the pump was doing its thing, I went back in the car and opened the hood release, got out of the car and propped the hood open. Sometimes I feel sorry for the FRP hood, so I wanted to expose its underside to ambient air. Got back in the car, closed the door, and dialed my voicemail on my cell phone. The pump's auto shut off engaged, so I opened the door (while listening to the message) and got out. I had to return the call, so I hung up on voicemail and dialed the phone, while my right hand was on the nozzle, pulling the trigger a couple times to get those precious last ounces packed into the miata's tank. Then I put the filler cap back on, closed the fuel door, got back in the car and drove off without applying proper safety restraints. The boost gauge, also mounted on the a pillar, shot to 10psi before I made it to the gas station's exit.

And I didn't blow up.
Or did I?

PS, there were no TVs at this gas station. Perhaps that's the difference
No your in freaking Atlanta with enough moisture to mute most static discharges
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Old 03-29-2008, 12:12 AM   #22
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I have no doubt the fuel will ignite and start on fire because of a static charge given the right conditions. But and EXPLOSION? **** no.
**** yes, no one gets this for some reason. Gas vapor will ignite and have a small explosion that will lead to burning the rest of the gasoline.

No one is saying its a giant explosion.
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**** yes, no one gets this for some reason. Gas vapor will ignite and have a small explosion that will lead to burning the rest of the gasoline.

No one is saying its a giant explosion.

Its like cupping your hand, putting the lighter into the cupped part of your hand and holding down the lighter trigger. Wait 10 seconds and spark the flint and you have a mini explosion of the vapors caught in your hand. Same concept....but with lighter fluid.

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