Cecil and SDopers -
Along the line of questions regarding the validity of at-home injuries caused by lightning strikes, I must wonder about claims to gas station safety and fires due to carelessness. A few years back, there was an article run in the Washington Post regarding gas station fires - esp. in the colder months when people will not shut off their engines while fueling*. (*The article presumed the fire was from fumes ignited by an idling engine without mention of the chance of static discharge caused by a person re-entering their vehicle…which became a bigger issue more recently than at the time of this article.)
If this is a real concern, what about the guy waiting in line directly in line behind you? Your vapors are going straight into his/her air intake. Shouldn’t they shut down their engine, as well?
What’s the very straightest dope on this issue, Uncle Cecil and the wiser masses?