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Man Bursts Into Flames After Accidentally Drinking Gasoline, Lighting Cigarette
AP via CBS ^ | 2/29/12 | CBS

Posted on 02/29/2012 5:46:12 AM PST by mmanager

Edited on 02/29/2012 6:03:37 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is dead after police say he accidentally drank from a jar of gasoline and then smoked a cigarette.

Havelock police received a 911 call about 9:55 p.m. Monday after 43-year-old Gary Allen Banning set himself on fire. Banning was transported to UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill, where he died early Tuesday morning.


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It's early in the year but this guy just might have the Darwin award nailed down already.
1 posted on 02/29/2012 5:46:18 AM PST by mmanager
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To: mmanager

Life in this country has become an old “B” movie.


2 posted on 02/29/2012 5:48:23 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for the DemocRAT voter base to start paying their "fair share" of taxes.)
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To: mmanager

You beat me to it!!!


3 posted on 02/29/2012 5:48:38 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: mmanager
RIP...
(sad waste of life)

DARWIN AWARD VOTE = +1

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You can't make this stuff up...

4 posted on 02/29/2012 5:49:57 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: mmanager

I guess his mother never told him that he should not smoke within an hour of drinking gasoline...


5 posted on 02/29/2012 5:50:40 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: mmanager

The mouthwash is for drinking, the gas is for huffing, dummy.


6 posted on 02/29/2012 5:51:31 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: mmanager

Hillbilly - gas in a glass by the sink - bump


7 posted on 02/29/2012 5:52:32 AM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: mmanager

At 43 it is possible that he has already had offspring and passed on his genetic material. Otherwise, yes, he’s a solid Darwin Award contender.


8 posted on 02/29/2012 5:52:42 AM PST by old3030 (I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look.)
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To: mmanager

I don’t know,...he was 43, I’m guessing he may already have had kids.


9 posted on 02/29/2012 5:53:00 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: mmanager

Yep. Definitely has a jump on his competition.


10 posted on 02/29/2012 5:53:00 AM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: mmanager

Moonshine? I wouldn’t be surprised if this fella took a messy shot of shine, spilled some on his clothes and then lit one up.

I can’t imagine drinking gasoline from a jar. The smell would hit your nose and eyes before you even tipped it.

We usually don’t hear about it because moonshine is illegal. This guy probably lied to get medical attention.


11 posted on 02/29/2012 5:53:59 AM PST by varyouga
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To: mmanager

Reminds me of another news story from a few years back about a couple of juvenile delinquents who were huffing gasoline and smoking at the same time. The depths of stupidity are infinite.


12 posted on 02/29/2012 5:54:13 AM PST by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: mmanager

Who leaves a jar of gasoline sitting around. Probably moonshine in a jar is more believable. And if it was gasoline he would not have lit a cigarette.

The ‘friend’ made up the gasoline story.


13 posted on 02/29/2012 5:54:27 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: mmanager

It’s North Carolina.


14 posted on 02/29/2012 5:55:16 AM PST by TPOOH (I wish I could have been Jerry Reed.)
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To: varyouga
"The smell would hit your nose and eyes before you even tipped it."

Unless you were already plastered...

15 posted on 02/29/2012 5:56:40 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Human torch ping!


16 posted on 02/29/2012 5:58:45 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: mmanager

Having been a shade tree mechanic since I was about 14 years-old and, more than once, syphoned gasoline, I can state unequivocally, that it is impossible to “accidentally” swallow gasoline. Swallowing even a drop of gasoline is an experience one will not forget nor willingly repeat.


17 posted on 02/29/2012 6:04:37 AM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: mmanager

“Help Im Banning!”


18 posted on 02/29/2012 6:04:52 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: mmanager

It’s North Carolina.


19 posted on 02/29/2012 6:06:10 AM PST by TPOOH (I wish I could have been Jerry Reed.)
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To: old3030

43? He probably has great-grandchildren by now.


20 posted on 02/29/2012 6:06:50 AM PST by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: The_Victor; RockinRight; Tatze; Shyla; Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Flaming idiot ping!


21 posted on 02/29/2012 6:09:20 AM PST by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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"Hillbilly - gas in a glass by the sink - bump"

What else do you soak dentures in? ;-)

22 posted on 02/29/2012 6:11:05 AM PST by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim

North Cackalacky news. I’m just so proud of my home state at times.


23 posted on 02/29/2012 6:15:36 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Average Al

Yeah, but do you drink the soup after the soak?

You kuntry folk are tuffer ‘n me!


24 posted on 02/29/2012 6:16:17 AM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: nuke rocketeer
accidentally drank from a jar of gasoline and then smoked a cigarette.

Cripes!, what did this guy normally drink if he can't tell the difference between it and gasoline?

25 posted on 02/29/2012 6:18:26 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Ya gots ta be careful after ya take a sip outta the proofin' barrel. Dulls the senses just a mite.

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26 posted on 02/29/2012 6:19:47 AM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Life in this country has become an old “B” movie.

I'm thinking more along the lines of The Three Stooges.

27 posted on 02/29/2012 6:21:27 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: mmanager

Somehow I find it hard to believe he drank gasoline....

I know....call me a skeptic......


28 posted on 02/29/2012 6:23:13 AM PST by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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Somehow I find it hard to believe he drank gasoline....

I know....call me a skeptic......


Perhaps he had already had a LOT of other stuff to drink before that and was no longer in the proper state of mind to safely ascertain the nature of his final libation.
29 posted on 02/29/2012 6:28:57 AM PST by aruanan
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To: mmanager
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30 posted on 02/29/2012 6:29:06 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: mmanager
At a get-together with my in-laws awhile back, some of the good old boys were passing "something" back and forth in a jar.

I bumbled in and said "No smoking while you're drinking! Ha! Ha! Ha.....ha....ha...."

"Well, yeah.", was the deadpan response. "Damn Yankee", was unstated. It was a good lesson, better to be thought a fool than open my mouth and loudly announce it. :-)

31 posted on 02/29/2012 6:32:45 AM PST by wbill
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To: mmanager

Who do you call in a case like this .... the ambulance or the fire department ?


32 posted on 02/29/2012 6:33:04 AM PST by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: mmanager

New Surgeon General Warning Label: Smoking cigarettes after drinking gasoline may be hazardous to your health.


33 posted on 02/29/2012 6:35:07 AM PST by smith5460
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To: Delta 21

jes cleaning that carburetor and rinsing it off ya know...them jets n float pans r hard to get to...


34 posted on 02/29/2012 6:36:03 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: mmanager

See, smoking is dangerous


35 posted on 02/29/2012 6:38:30 AM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: mmanager

Had a private in my company in the Army in 1976 who was an inhalant abuser. If he could not afford drugs he would drink shoe dye or whatever.

He had been medical-boarded out of the Army twice. Each time he went to the nearest recruiter and enlisted for the infantry signing bonus which he promptly spent on drugs. After a few days in Basic Training, they would realize that he had serious brain damage, and it would take the Army 6 months or so to board him out again. All this time he spent Uncle Sam’s paycheck on drugs.

One day a guy came into my office yelling, “CAPTAIN, STUSSEY’S DRINKING REGULAR GASOLINE AND GOIN’ CRAZY”.

He indeed had been sipping leaded gasoline out of a Coke can. He had defecated and smeared feces all over his body and the walls of the barracks.

We put him in the Psych Ward. On the day he finally was discharged from the Army I had an ambulance ready to take him to the State Mental Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

So I saved the taxpayers some money and put a stop to that re-enlistment do-loop.

That brings me back to my idea that we should have a Hospice for drug/alcohol addicts who don’t want rehab. Give ‘em a cot, some food, and all the drugs they want until they croak.

Today we force Grandma into a hospice where we pump her full of morphine until she’s gone. She paid into Medicare her whole life. Yet when some worthless druggie shows up with an overdose, we spend gobs of public money to save his life.

This state of affairs makes no sense.


36 posted on 02/29/2012 6:40:46 AM PST by darth
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To: varyouga

I think you nailed it.


37 posted on 02/29/2012 6:45:45 AM PST by Venturer
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He lied to get medical attention?

Not that last time, his mouth throat and whole face had to be on fire after lighting his last ciggie. I don't think he ASKED for anything.

38 posted on 02/29/2012 6:49:37 AM PST by Ditter
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To: mmanager

You are supposed to exhale when you do this . . . and avoid clothing that might burn.

Unless you have a cosmic ray induced immunity to fire.

39 posted on 02/29/2012 6:52:08 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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People! People! Always mark your jars clearly. G is for gasoline. M is for moonshine.
40 posted on 02/29/2012 6:57:47 AM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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“Build a man a fire and he’s warm for a day; set a man on fire and he’s warm for the rest of his life” - Terry Pratchett


41 posted on 02/29/2012 7:00:54 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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In my youthful stupidity I have been way way past three sheets to the wind.....and never was so drunk that my state of mind was so off I could drink gasoline.....of course I'm not from north Carolina either !!!

Either way it's a horrible way to go....

42 posted on 02/29/2012 7:06:00 AM PST by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: varyouga

He wouldn’t have to lie to get medical attention. He’s going to get medical attention.

If he couldn’t talk at all and someone else gave the account, I’d consider murder as a possibility.

Small splashes of gasoline igniting probably wouldn’t kill him unless he inhaled the flames (quite possible.) Soaked clothes igniting - that would kill him.


43 posted on 02/29/2012 7:10:24 AM PST by heartwood
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"Yeah, but do you drink the soup after the soak?"

Oh lordy, that's a thought! :-) At least you can pore it back in the truck though.

44 posted on 02/29/2012 7:15:36 AM PST by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: darth

Your post makes a lot of sense to me.

I, too, see no reason in trying to rehabilitate idiots like that.


45 posted on 02/29/2012 7:33:32 AM PST by OldPossum (ou)
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To: dfwgator

Hold my jar and watch this!


46 posted on 02/29/2012 8:54:40 AM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: mmanager
City spokeswoman Diane Miller said investigators believe Banning was at a friend’s apartment when he apparently mistook a jar of gasoline sitting by the kitchen sink for a beverage. After taking a gulp, he spit the gas out and got some on his clothes.

There are so many aspects to this story that just doesn't make sense. How many people have a jar of gasoline sitting next to the kitchen sink? If all he took was a gulp, and immediately spit it out, I don't see how you could get enough on your clothes to engulf you in flames. At least some of the gasoline he spit out had to end up in the sink or on the floor. I don't think all of the facts are in on this story yet.

47 posted on 02/29/2012 9:07:20 AM PST by GreenHornet
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Burning Man


48 posted on 02/29/2012 9:10:46 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: mmanager

How does one *accidentally* drink gasoline?

I call BS on this one.


49 posted on 02/29/2012 9:15:16 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: darth

I was going to ask you how the Army kept letting him back in, but I suspect that the answer would depress me.


50 posted on 02/29/2012 9:16:42 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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