I filled the gas on my lawnmower and spilled some gas on it and it was
dripping on my lawn. I didnt want the gas to kill my lawn so I
quickly put on the gas cap and tossed a match on the mower deck to
burn off the gas. Somehow the gas in the tank started on fire too,
and my mower exploded and burned up, also burning down my garden shed.
I only wanted to burn off that spilled gas and I put the gas cap on
tightly. Why did the gas tank explode and burn too? Now my whole
lawn is burned up and ruined. I am really upset. I think the gas
tank on th mower was defective, and on Tuesday I am calling my lawyer
to sue the manufacturer of the mower.
Only in Hollywood.
On the tv show "mythbusters" they proved this.
A standard propane blow torch wasn't enough to cause gasoline to
They also shot at a car's gas tank that was full, with a high powered
rifle and all it did was puncture a pair of holes in it.
Wrong. As usual. Liquid gasoline burns; gasoline vapor mixed with air
explodes. If the latter weren't true, then internal combustion engines
couldn't use gasoline.
Wrong. As usual. A match flame is surprisingly hot, certainly higher
than the temperature at which paper burns, which as we all know is 451F.
Matches don't give off much heat since they're so small, but gasoline is
highly flammable in the presence of oxygen. Please don't try to confirm
this on your own.
Darn, I wish all products were manufactured to be
as dangerous and deadly as possible. That way all
the stupid animals in the heard would succumb to
natural selection, hopefully before they can breed.
Well technically it can. This is largely the concept behind the
fuel-air bomb or vapor cloud explosions. Of course, your overall point
within the confines of the internal combustion engine in your mower, is
valid. Unless the OP did some VERY serious tinkering with the mower
before hand (g).
In this lawnmower incident, which is more common than you think, what
people call an explosion is more than likely a "fireball" effect.
Where you have a small opening in whcih the fumes gather, the fumes
ignite and are pushed out of that little hole. Which is exactly how a
Search for information on "B.L.E.V.E." and you will soon find out how
various fuels ignite and explode and why they are dangerous.
I was wrong once.
If you'd like to argue that an air/fuel mixture of gasoline does "NOT"
explode, then you want semantics, down the hall, first door on the left.
This is abuse.
The US Navy sent me to bomb school where they taught that TNT produces
a quick rush of gas and not an "explosion" such as you get from other
chemicals. So it is relative. "Explosion" is not a precise term without
some sort of context to define it better than the dictionary does.
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