A Real Gas Station Fire Caused By A Mobile Phone?

from the hmmmmmm... dept

For years, we've been told that all those stories that get passed around by email forwards about exploding fuel pumps due to a ringing mobile phone are simply urban legends. However, now, the Associated Press is reporting a story that sounds remarkably like that urban legend. Has the urban legend become true or was a reporter taken in by a hoax? It appears the Poughkeepsie Journal has the original story, including some quotes from both the "victim" and the fire chief.

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    Nate, 16 May 2004 @ 10:19am

    Re: I thought MythBusters disproved that

    I haven't seen that episode yet...think it's on the god device (TiVo) currently though.

    One thing I do know is that a Sprint PCS phone that I had a several years ago had a spark glow internally every time it rang (was pretty audible most of the time as well).

    Most of the stuff on the show is neat to see, but some of the conclusions are brought on too quickly without attempting to exhaust even a majority of the possibilities. They are much better at proving that something "can" be done rather than something "can't" be done. Very entertaining show nonetheless.

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