The fire department on the island of Walney in the Irish Sea got an alarming reminder that, sometimes, life really can be like the movies. But not in a good way. Cars don’t generally explode, movie-style, unless they’re fueled with LPG, as you can see in this video from the Walney Fire Station:


Yikes! That’s a hell of a boom.

What’s kind of maddening are some of the comments to this tweet, like this one commenter who doesn’t like that hybrids were hashtagged in the post:

I mean, yes, the explosion was from a pressurized liquified petroleum gas tank, not a hybrid, but the point of the post is that new car technologies like LPG cars and hybrid/electric vehicles carry with them new and significant dangers to first responders like firefighters.

So get a grip, buddy.

And stay safe out there!


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