Man Tries To Kill Spider At Gas Station With Lighter, Sets Pump On Fire

Lindsay McCane - Author

Sep. 28 2015, Updated 11:51 a.m. ET

Spiders, gas pumps, and lighters are apparently not a good combination — especially for one Michigan man who became so frightened over the eight-legged creature that he decided to use a lighter to kill it. You can see where this is going, right?

The unidentified man was pumping gas at a Mobil gas station in Center Line, Michigan, on Tuesday, September 22, when he noticed the spider crawling on his car near the gas tank. Obviously, the most logical thing to do would be to pull out your cigarette lighter and light it on fire — especially while the tank is being filled with highly flammable gasoline.

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Unfortunately, the man’s plan backfired terribly as the lighter sparked a large blaze, which proceeded to bounce from the vehicle’s gas tank to a gas pump as the gas station’s employees looked on in shock.

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Employee Susan Adams somehow managed to remain calm after witnessing the whole ordeal, and was able to shut off the pump from inside the gas station. She then called the Center Line fire department to report the incident. Meanwhile, the man grabbed a nearby fire extinguisher and was able to successfully put out the flames before the firefighters arrived.

Thankfully, the man was able to escape the situation without any serious injuries, and his car only received minor damage. However, the gas pump is another story, and looked to be completely charred. The man later admitted his mistake, and explained that he is deathly afraid of spiders and was simply trying to kill it. Although embarrassing, it didn’t stop the man from returning to the gas station as a customer as he arrived on Wednesday to apologize for his actions.


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