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Street Science – Will A Car Full Of Propane Burn Or Explode If You Light a Cigarette?


Many items used in everyday life are highly flammable and we don’t much think that they need to be treated with extreme caution.A recent propane tank explosion will have people thinking twice before smoking a cigarette while a grill is in the back seat.

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What happens if you leave a back-seat grill on and light a cigarette in your car? The Street Science team tests it out.The car looked like a hand grenade had gone off in it. How anyone can survive an explosion like that when the car is severely damaged is remarkable really.

Gas grills are safe and convenient appliances when assembled and used properly. Gas grills bring into play another element, Liquid Propane (LP). LP gas is pressurized and requires special handling and storage.If you have a gas barbecue grill, you will need to safely transport the propane tank in your car./doityourself


It is not difficult to do, but you will need to take a few basic safety precautions. Propane handled incorrectly can cause a serious explosion, even in small amounts.When you close the trunk of your car, lower it slowly to make sure that it does not bang against the valve on the top of the tank.When transporting the propane tank in your car, do not leave it in your car for prolonged periods of time. Propane can be sensitive to heat.Knowing how to safely transport a propane tank in your car is important for any grill master.