The cellphone can cause gas station explosion

The cellphone can cause gas station explosion
A decade ago, there was the scare that using the cellphone while filling up in the gas station can cause an explosion. It was all over social media at that time. As a knee-jerk reaction, some cities in Metro Manila came up with an ordinance banning the use of cellphones in gas stations. As they say, better safe than sorry. But is that scare still relevant today? One actual video featured in the news was an explosion caused by the use of cellphone. The guy was filling up his car’s gas tank when he answered the call of his phone. Suddenly the car caught fire. The investigation yielded a theory that the gas vapors from the nozzle was ignited by the radiation of the cellphone. So there.


That is the most far-fetched theory I've ever heard in my life. I'm pretty sure there is actually a better explanation of those explosions and the fact that it blew up when they answered the phone is more than likely a coincidence.
Posted by AlexHarris on 08-20-2017
A friend of mine shared a video of a petrol station employee who had used his smartphone to on the torch light in order to see the gas tank of the petrol truck. it exploded immediately, sending the employee flew off several metres off the site. He was badly burned and was in critical condition. Imagine if your cellphone rings while you are pumping the petrol into your vehicle. This is true, not something to scare anyone. Always turn off the cellphone when you are pumping the petrol. it will start the ignition of fire.
Posted by peachpurple on 08-20-2017
This was the video that convinced me that phones, given that they are transmitting signal or just in the proximity of gas containers can trigger an explosion. As they said though, it is better to be safe than sorry since an incident like that can cause a lot of damage and may even cause casualties.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-20-2017
I am not an expert on this but I think that infrareds and wireless frequencies, and also radiation could potentially ignite and would eventually cause explosions. I believe that the vehicle is also responsible for it not just the mobile device. The vehicles have batteries and other wiring circuitries and when those three are mixed, there is a big potential of a fire and explosion. Same goes with the plane that's why FlightMode is invented. Whenever I am at a gas station, I wouldn't shut down my phone but instead, use the airplane mode or flight mode.
Posted by galegatling on 08-20-2017
I have the same thinking as you because the incident was a combination of things. But based on the explanation regarding the video in the news where the car exploded while filling up the driver was outside using his phone and had her back propped on on the side of the car. It may have been static electricity that caused the explosion. But whatever it is we should be careful with the phone when in a gasoline station.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-09-2018
For me whether it's true or not as long as it's not yet been proven i'll just follow the rules. Nothing much to loose for a few moment of not answering your phone.
Posted by zheh on 08-20-2017
Jonathan Solomon
I haven't really done enough research to confirm or bust this theory. Like yourself, I've also seen video footage on multiple occasions of apparent cell phone use being the root cause of a gas station explosion. In the past, I have answered a call while filling up the tank unknowingly. Them remembering quickly and putting my phone away. I follow the rules given because I am aware that mobile device radiation increases every time a new device is released. So it's not worth tempting faith, in my opinion.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 08-20-2017
I don't really believe and this and there is no scientific evidence that confirms this theory plus each and everyone of us has been to the gas station and used their cell phones and seen other people use them countless of times and nothing has happened, even if there is the slightest chance of something like that occurring an explosion, it's probably smaller than the chance of being hit by a tornado that has caught fire from a volcano or something like that.
Posted by manmad on 08-20-2017
It’s actually better safe than sorry , why argue on something that has a probability of costing you your life, although i don't believe in these types of stuff circulating and flying over the air, but there is something called your protective signals , that is wrapped around your self instincts , it matters a lot in one’s dealing with his environment . Am not actually an expert in all these, but i will never use my phone when buying petrol , and the petrol is still naked, because you can't actually tell, what if it later becomes true in your own case. We all should be careful, because when you gamble with your safety you bet your life
Posted by Authord on 08-20-2017
This is the same for me as that story that a cell phone can cause an airplane crashing down. So no, I don't believe a cell phone could cause a gas explosion.
Posted by Vatroslav on 08-20-2017
Even I have heard about this theory and I even found signs which state 'not to answer your phone' at various gas stations over here. This is something that I got curious about and did some research previously and couldn't really find a solid argument as to why we shouldn't answer our phones. However, I am risk averse which means that I don't answer my phone while I am at the gas station.
Posted by Pixie on 08-20-2017
I also first encountered this information about a decade or so ago while I was in the military. I think it was a safety driving course that we had to take or maybe a training during Commander's Call. Anyhow, I recall that they showed us a video of many that had his cell phone in his pocket while he was pumping gas, then when the phone rang it sparked the gas fumes and the car caught fire along with him. He was immediately engulfed in flames and running around screaming for what seemed like a horrifying amount of time, then finally someone came running up and knocked him to the ground, hitting him with a jacket to put him out. The man was very lucky that there was a brave person there willing to help! What we were taught was that cell phones give off static electricity, which can spark the fumes coming from the gas and the two combined can creak instant fire. This makes sense to me given some of the work I've done in the military and the need to "ground" yourself in certain areas to dispel static electricity. If you take the time to look at gas pumps, at least throughout the United States, you will see plenty of warning signs about not using or even having your cell phone on your body while pumping gas. Also, cell phones aren't the only culprit of static electricity which can cause the gas to catch fire. When you get out of your car, especially if you have fabric seats, you can cause static electricity. You are suppose to shut your vehicle door or touch metal on a part of your car not near the gas tank in order to dispel the static electricity. If you set the pump up so that you don't have to stand there while it pumps gas, then get back in your car for a few minutes, it's especially important to dispel any possible static electricity. While instance of the gas catching fire are rare, they really aren't worth the risk when it's so easy to prevent.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-20-2017
That sounds like nonsense. A phone can't make a car catch fire, it is so farfetched as a theory I can't even imagine how it would work. Gas station who banned cellphones without researching if there is really a correlation surprised me. Before implementing a ban like that people should be informed.
Posted by Tania997 on 08-20-2017
I have always used cellphone in the gas station and I have seen people doing the same. However, nothing has happened so far. Having said that I have also read about cellphone being dangerous in the gas station. But I don't see a point in this how can attending a call on your cellphone in the gas station can be dangerous.
Posted by vinaya on 08-20-2017
I have had some of the things not properly set up wit the cellphone. And I often turn it off if required. Because it can be really hard to work with the cell phone. And there are places where it is not allowed.
Posted by overcast on 04-15-2018
Well, I have seen it on a video. It happened here in my country and there have been several eye witness to the fact. Every since then, gas stations have this "Turn off cell phone" Notice. I don't quite understand how it is possible but I believe that it has something to do with small sparkles emitted by a cell phone ring.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-20-2017
In that case we have to stay very much careful at the time of Gas station. before entering the gas station we have to off our cell phone and after leaving we have to on our cell phones. Cell phone have connectivity an community with internet, GPRS and cell tower.

Thanks Centurion
Posted by centurion on 08-21-2017
This is nonsense. The "radiation" from the phone is no more powerful one foot away than it is from twenty. There are endless amounts of signals being blasted through the air at all times. If this were a threat gas stations would be going up left and right all day, everyday. There may be something to the notion that cell phones can cause explosions due to static discharge, but event hat is highly suspicious. I would think any fume build up to the extent simple static could cause ignition would be the result of a faulty pump as static is not at all uncommon in the natural environment. Likewise, cars can be static engines in their own right! You can see this in action for yourself every time you go to get out of your car and receive a proper zap from touching the door. Static certainly can be an ignition source but I don't think cell phones present any more risk than your vehicle or the ambient electromagnetic forces at work in the natural world.
Posted by JaiGuru on 08-21-2017
I have seen a warning sign of mobile not allowed many times in a gas station but people still use it and nothing happens. As people have discussed above that there is no such documented thing on it. One must know that the only way to the station to catch fire is through static electricity. While it's quite rare but could still happen because of your phone so you should leave your mobile phone back in the car for good.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 08-21-2017
Yes be it any liquid fuel or gas. You can see that cellphones minor charge can explode the station. And it can be really bad for the other people. And that is one more reason that they are asking people to avoid it near the gas station. So someone have to take the risk and then work on the same. It'd be unreasonable to see how the gas explosion may cause due to ones mistake there.
Posted by overcast on 08-21-2017
We all are aware that our Cellphones produce some electromagnetic waves,What we do not want to wait and find out is If it causes fire outbreak.Anything that is preventive is always a welcome development.However,I am aware of a report sometime ago of a Man that recieved a call at a gas station and this caused an explosion.
Posted by yemzy on 08-21-2017
rose thornes
Its better to be safe than sorry. There's a reason why there is a sign in a gasoline stations not to use your cellphones because of that possibility of explosion. I make sure my phone is off every time I'm in gas refiling stations.
Posted by rose thornes on 08-21-2017
They are right, it is better to be safe than to be sorry. I don't think there is such a big problem if we stop using our cell phone for a few minutes while we are at a gas station. In fact, this is for our safety, so, we should take care of us.
Posted by wallet on 08-21-2017
I saw that video and I don't know if it was true that the phone caused the explosion but, we can stop using the phone for a few minutes. It's so much better if we stop talking with people for few minutes that stop talking with them forever because you died because you were using the phone at the gas station.
Posted by cubo on 08-21-2017
I don't know if it's supposed to be true. I accidentally use my phone and called one of my friends as the driver of the car I'm riding in is having his car full tank. I was stunned when I realized that I'm in a gas station and I'm not supposed to use my phone, however, I realized it late and I was talking with my friend for less than a minute. I was just thankful that none explodes, it would have been so serious. Though it might be true or not, prevention is still better than cure.
Posted by DanoCath on 08-21-2017
I don't believed with these stories unless the tank of vehicle will expose, and create a lot of gas in area where cellphone was in calling mode. I think it is not the electromagnetic radiation cause the gas sparks, but rather the plasma created from cellphone when converting some information in every way of the process. Still, to be more safety, following the rules and regulations of one's gas station to avoid further unwanted consequences.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-24-2017
I don't know if the reports are real, but I've heard a similar incident in a local gas station many years back. Reports indicate that a motorist was using his mobile phone while getting a top up at a gas station. Then all of a sudden, a fire erupted and the motorist and the motorcycle was engulfed in flames. I don't know what caused the incident but witnesses always emphasize that the motorist was using a mobile phone.

When I go to gas stations, I see a lot of precautions - turn off the engine, turn off your mobile phones, no smoking. I use my mobile phone while at a gas station and I haven't had any issues. I think explosions in gas stations due to mobile devices are isolated cases and not applicable to every mobile phone. Maybe if you're using a Note 7, you may want to refrain from using your phone at a gas station. Lol.
Posted by limberg on 08-27-2017
this is what i really confusing in my whole life when i was a kid they thought me not to use phone near gasoline station but now i get older i see lots of people when they gas up they turn on there phone answer calls even there is a warning sign not to use phone. but for now its nice to follow the signs not to use phones while gassing up just extra careful for our safely.
Posted by tophew on 09-03-2017
If it has been proven that using cellphone can cause gas explosion, then it will be better for people to abide by the rule that says that it is forbidden to use cellphone at gas station in order to prevent explosion, life is very important.
Posted by babyright on 09-16-2017
I saw posters banning the use of cellphones at gas stations but I think it is only about calling. Maybe people are afraid that the signal your phone sends when connecting may cause an explosion. I don't know if that's the case but of course it is better to be safe than sorry and gas stations explosions could kill many people.
Posted by felabruno on 09-18-2017
I've seen videos that a gas station explodes because of the people who use cellphone near the gas. I do believe that the fume of the gas can really be triggered to explode because of any gadgets that are currently on. One of the students of my Uncle died because of LPG explosion. The family of the student of my uncle didn't notice that there's already a small leak on the gas pipeline so when the turn on the lights, their house exploded and cause a tragic incident. We always make sure to close the valve on the LPG after we're done using it just to make sure that it won't gonna cause any fire. We don't also use our cellphone whenever we go to the gas station just to avoid any kind of tragic incident.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-08-2017
Certainly, it can be, that is why it boldly written all on gas station on red which signifies danger than no cell phone which is used near or within the gas station.I'm yet to write on the whys but it pertinent that we stand by the side of precautions and do away with our cell phones near any gas station to avoid any tragic occurrence
Posted by lovely on 12-26-2017
I don't know if this is true or not but I haven't turned off my phone while inside the car when it was being refueled and I remembered I was texting messages before but nothing happened although I haven't encountered that I answered a phone while refueling on a gas station.
Posted by Scarlet on 01-23-2018
If you are ever observant when being in the filing station, you will see both the signs of no smoking and no cellphone calls while being at the pump. Smokes are potential ignitor of fire and you can be very guaranteed that the fire would damage and kill lots of people. Cell phone radiation waves can equally ignite fire being at the pump, so it's advised not use any of these things being anywhere near a filing station pump in order to avoid fire accidents and possible death.
Posted by Emmaz on 03-11-2018
What's more dangerous is, with or without a mobile phone, is getting returned into your car at the same time as pumping. In particular within the dry winter air, and additionally mainly when you have cloth seats, you may increase static power, that can discharge and spark when you contact the metallic pump handle.
Posted by jetselle on 11-22-2018
The cellphone can cause gas station explosion: I can't really say that i was true but I've watched a video in social media that there was a gasoline station explode and the main reason base on the story was the guy who using a cellphone while filling a gas. They said that cellphone can trigger the the chemical reaction of a gas that may cause explosion. And in my opinion it is really possible so better to avoid that to cure. All gasolibe station has a signage and warning to avoid using a cellphone while filling so it might really true, be safe is always needed.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 12-14-2018
I have always thought that those weren't true. I thought that terrorists just used cellphones to activate their customized bombs. Those bombs have another cellphone connected to them that serves as switch. When terrorists call the phone connected to the bomb, the bomb explodes. So I guess I should take this caution more seriously in gas stations.
Posted by emiaj55 on 12-15-2018
Few days ago, this was the problem that kill one lady in the Gas Station. I don't really understand the reason people don't take safety cautions. She was at the Gas Station when her phone rang and instead of her to turn down the call and answer later, she had to answer it there and that was how her phone exploded. I wish her soul rest in peace and hopefully, it will teach others a lesson.
Posted by Barida on 12-17-2018