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Desc:Man learns why you should always place containers on the ground before filling up.
Category:Accidents & Explosions, Educational
Tags:fire, gas, dumb
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Wonko the Sane
What's with the red boxes?
Adham Nu'man
Obviously, they are the static electricity the description talks about.

They seem to be attracted to the fire.

scanning for JOHN CONNOR

Security video by Saul Bass.


Many gas stations are haunted by contorting box faeries from the 2nd dimension. While they were once widely hunted by the stamp industry they are now regarded as benevolent, always trying to warn us of our own folly...

For every red box, you get another smartass reply to your comment


These are RP forums. Please stay in character.

The Red Boxes:

They're areas of the video with pixels that have changed since the last frame. They tell the VCR (probably DVR in this case) to keep recording instead of idling (recording nothing). Recording tens of thousands of frames of nothing happening is costly.

Body thetans, probably responsible for the tragedy.

Woohoo! Rectangle Party!
Oh Liveleaks, I love you and your videos of retarded folk.
Aubrey McFate

Frank Rizzo
I +'ed this in the hopper JUST because of the red boxes.

heat detector? Infrared detector? Its cool and interesting whatever its doing...

Scrotum H. Vainglorious
What's the position?!

The Mothership
Multiple signals, in front and behind.

I think all the squares do is highlight anything that moves. Also, working at a gas station must be really shitty. If you're not getting robbed you're getting set on fire. Maybe both at once
Don't forget being threatened by drunk drivers when you won't give them gas. That happens a lot.

This would have turned out alright if the guy hadn't GRABBED THE NOZZLE. I know, heat of the moment and all, but come on.

Cap'n Profan!ty
Only about 30 seconds of this video were necessary.
Menudo con queso
Actually, my dumb ass found this very educational. I can imagine having done this at some point in my life without the benefit of this vid. Thank you for saving my truck, LiveLeak!
I also immediately swore to myself that I would never burn up my truck in this fashion.

Jeff Fries
Quick, put it out with the hose
Out of curiosity, what happened here? Why would it have mattered if he put it on the ground?
Maybe because it'd have been (electrically) grounded and so it wouldn't have sparked? I don't know. His big mistake was in removing the nozzle when he noticed the fire instead of leaving it in the container, but it's very easy to panic in that situation and I'm not sure I'd have done anything differently.

The gas moving though the nozzle actually creates a charge, and in the bed of a truck there is no ground to equalize the charge. It is essentially a static charge creating machine. Sparks + gas vapors = this, every goddamn time. If it is on the ground, it is fine (grounded). Next time you are at the pump actually look at it, I guarantee there is a big warning label telling you not to do specifically this.

^ This shows the average intelligence of people who 3 starred this.

Reefer Fez
Also, since the gas can has a large opening, a lot of gas fumes pour out. When the can's on the ground, the vapor dissapates very easily. In a truck bed, it's got nowhere to go but to collect in the bed.


Its all related to gravity. He was filling the gas in his truck. The truck bed was preventing the full force of gravity on the gas can, so the static electricity became lighter than air. If the can had been on the ground, gravity would have been in full effect and the static electricity would have been pulled to the ground. This is known as "grounding". Since it wasn't pulled to the ground, it was allowed to rise and mix with the gas in the air immediately around the spout. This resulted in a chemical reaction that ignited the liquid gas.


Hey, there's a strict heirarchy for videos that show fires at gas stations. Now, if this guy had managed to set himself on fire and run around, that would have made it a four star video. If he set himself on fire, ran around, collapsed dead and then had someone steal his wallet, then that's five stars. I'd like to have given you more, but it's the law.

JESUS CHRIST. There is only one stick figure warning label that is plastered all over gas pumps, and it screams DO NOT FILL CONTAINERS IN YOUR TRUCK BED STUPID
Mad Struggle
These red boxes clearly feed off of suffering and destruction.

But they are a happy, good natured folk and they have won my heart with their happy little dance amongst the flames. I had often seen them on weather maps and wondered of their nature, now I know and love them.
Big Beef Burritos Supreme
The red boxes evidently guide the fire...
Red boxes are more entertaining than the fire.
Oh, red boxes. Why do you taunt me so?
Fiyah! Fiyah! Fiyah!
Interesting tidbit: I remember from class that one thing that greatly differenciates humans and computers cognitively is that computers can't tell if an object cut in half by something obscuring part of it is actually one or two objects. As evidenced by the red squares scanning the grey car that pulls in.

Thank you, college!!
Caminante Nocturno
The Box Fairies attempted to help him, but were distracted by the fire.
j lzrd / swift idiot
I prefer the idea that they planned this, and were waiting to cavort in a box-fairy-esque manner in the fire.

He was not prepared for...the nozzle.
I wish I could give the comments here another 5 stars.
So dousing a flame with gas DOESN'T put it out.

DON"T put salt in your eye!
So I'm not the only one who strongly suspects he was trying to put out a fire with gas. Wow.

Rudo Magnifico
Where's 'Fire' button-pressing lady when you need her?

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