Nominal Every one of these "fire at a gas station" videos starts exactly the same way with a small fire turned ablaze when the person panics and rips out the nozzle.
Scrimmjob I once watched a buddy of mine start his gas tank on fire while using a lighter to help him see if there was any fuel in his bug. We looked at each other with retarded surprise, and he just covered the fill hole that was now on fire with his hand. Luckily we didn't explode that day!
Gmork Sometimes it looks like they "explode", but this is usually a result of fire being introduced during or before a collision that ruptures the fueltank. The expanding flaming gasoline makes such a large cloud so quickly that it's often mistaken for an explosion caused by pressure. Fire departments have neat stories.
Gmork They actually suggest sticking the flaming nozzle BACK INTO the car because the gas tank will contain it.
Cube This is why there aren't any automatic nozzles here, you have to keep squeezing the handle to get gas.