[Gasification] Fwd: For Your Safety from Shell Oil Company - THIS IS NOT A JOKE! Clash of technologies.

Mark Ludlow mark at ludlow.com
Sun Mar 18 09:30:11 CDT 2012

No one has managed to make a cell phone ignite gasoline vapors. this is
Internet Urban Myth BS!

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THIS IS NOT A JOKE! Clash of technologies.

Dear Dr. Reed,
Thanks for the advice, we all know cell phones generate some kind of
magnetic power, when it is connecting. I believe there is a connection, but
gasoline fumes will not ignite unless there is a source of heat or spark.
Most of the US is now covered with Stage 2 vapor recovery system, which
consist of double pipes, one for fuel going in to the tank another one fumes
going back to storage tanks. All the gasoline trucks are grounded with
special wires at the fueling terminals, as well as grounded in the  gas
station delivery points with the metal piping connectors.
Over 30 years of gas station operator, contractor and installing underground
storage tanks in NY, I had 2 experiences with fires. 
Actually one fire and one explosion. They both involved with the fumes. 
First incident in one of my gas stations, there was a spill in hot summer,
over fill gasoline spilled on the floor. The next car come to get gas,
stopped right on the spill and it caught a fire from the hot muffler. We put
out the fire immediately, but instructed all the gas stations to keep a
bucket full of water to wash any spill and cool the vapors of  gasoline. On
second incident, one of my mechanic friend was fixing a gas tank and he
wanted to look inside the tank with a hand lamp. The heat source from the
lamp cause explosion of the fumes in the tanks, my friend survived the
I just want to add couple more pre cautions. Most of us fill the gas at self
When the nozzle clicks, come to closest number and do not overfill.
If there is a spill no matter how small just put on some water, most of the
gas stations has water for cleaning windshields.
When you pull in the gas station, make sure the ground is clean.
And always remember, the fumes from the gasoline is extremely flammable.

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