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The 50 seconds video captured by a CCTV camera shows just how dangerous it is to use a mobile phone at a petrol pump. Towards the end of the video, a man whips out his phone while his bike is being filled with petrol, and in a blink of an eye his gas tank catches fire. Fortunately, it is a small fire that doesn’t lead to an explosion or hurt anyone.
It is a small — yet very important — warning against the use of mobile phones at petrol pumps. While it is yet to be conclusively proven, the electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones is believed to ignite the petrol vapors, while another theory says that phones can induce currents in nearby metal objects and trigger a spark, which too can lead to a fire.