03/24/13 153 W, 1 I - + 5 - 1 Gas Can + Flames = Flame Jetting

From a reader, here's an ABC2 news story about the investigation of a fire phenomenon that burned a teenager in Baltimore County, Maryland. When gasoline was poured onto a fire pit in December 2011, flames shot several feet and struck a teenage girl. She received serious burns on thirty percent of her body, and has undergone nineteen surgeries, skin grafting, and intense physical therapy. (She has been speaking at fire safety at various event.) Her mother works at the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and her father is a volunteer firefighter. Neither understood how a gas can could turn into a blowtorch. The ATF subsequently recreated the event for a criminal case in Michigan. They tested and documented the phenomenon. Bottom line, a burning gas can (including a mostly empty one) can spray flames several feet. Read the story. Thanks Bob!

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