by Mike Masnick

It's Official: No Known Risk For Using Mobile Phone While Filling Up

from the not-a-one dept

A few weeks back, we noted how odd it was that a state senator was trying to ban mobile phones at the gas station pump based on what appeared to be an urban legend about exploding pumps. Lots of folks in the comments pointed to the show Mythbusters that tried (very hard) to use a mobile phone to make gasoline vapors to explode and found it wasn't possible. Now there's a bit more evidence that you probably don't need to worry. A researcher in the UK has been studying the matter and can find no evidence that any gas station fire in the past eleven years around the world was caused by a mobile phone. Certainly makes the senator's comments that "it is a known, documented fact that using a cell phone in proximity of the gas pump can cause an electrical charge that can cause a fire that can ignite the pump" seem a bit odd. Apparently she should recheck her documented facts.

Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1. identicon
    Bill Butler, Mar 21st, 2005 @ 2:50am

    prayer at gas stations

    Prayer at gas stations has been linked to spontaneous sparks causing explosions and mass death. The power of God generates an static charge as it enters the recipient. Hopefully, legislation will ensue banning this practice. I think that this is a perfect fit for the current Congress...

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2. identicon
    promytius syl, Mar 21st, 2005 @ 7:16am


    Please do not use the above two words in any one sentence. Or congressman/facts. Or logical, or effective, or conscious, ethical, etc. Greed, avarice, egomania, power-hungry, etc. can be freely combined in any sentence regarding the 'representatives' of said adjectives.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3. identicon
    Nigel Pond, Mar 22nd, 2005 @ 12:33pm

    No Subject Given

    This myth was busted by the Discovery Channel's Mythbusters some time ago...

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4. icon
    Mike (profile), Mar 22nd, 2005 @ 2:44pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    Which is exactly what I said in the post... but, even so, that was just trying to make the explosion happen. This study looked back at historical data to show that it's NEVER happened.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5. identicon
    plastic molding, May 16th, 2009 @ 3:07am


    How's China printing industry developed this years, who can tell us? China based plastic injection molding services with low costs and supeior quality Steel and aluminum scaffolding for construction is a very useful tool.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.