A gas thief set himself on FIRE after siphoning gas from a van truck in the Salt Lake City parking lot

A man who tried to steal petrol from a parked van accidentally set himself on fire as fuel prices continue to soar.

The shocking incident was caught on surveillance camera as the man tried to siphon fuel from the tank of a vehicle he had parked his own white pickup truck next to in Salt Lake City.

Authorities believe the man was using a drill to gain access to the gas tank during which a spark ignited the flammable liquid.

Static electricity or sparks caused by the bit rubbing against the gas tank are most likely to be responsible for spontaneous gas combustion.

The truck was parked in front of Summit Fire and Protection and had already had its catalytic converter stolen when this second thief came to steal the gas in broad daylight.

“Some people are trying to take the easy way out,” said branch manager Travis Mills, who believes current gas prices at $5 a gallon are to blame for the theft.

“The guy tried to siphon gas and he wouldn’t get the siphon to work, so he decided to puncture the gas tank, and that’s when it caught fire,” said said Mills.

A man was filmed stealing petrol from a van truck when he suddenly set himself on fire

It is believed that a spark of static electricity may have started the fire

It is believed that a spark of static electricity may have started the fire

He was seen rolling on the concrete of a parking lot in order to put out the flames

He was seen rolling on the concrete of a parking lot in order to put out the flames

The man could be seen rolling on the ground in an attempt to put out the flames on his clothes.

There didn’t even seem to be time to take off his shirt, the situation was so panicky.

After rolling on the concrete, the man finally sat down and managed to remove his burnt shirt.

His accomplice had been sitting in the parked van the whole time.

“The reason it’s leaking is, if there was more gasoline than a gallon, this thing absolutely would have turned into a bomb,” Mills told KSL.

“It’s sad because times are tough for a lot of people, but it’s not worth the $5 he would have saved for the injury the guy suffered.”

“Unfortunately, given gas prices in the Valley and across the country, we are seeing an increase in gas thefts,” said Division Chief Tony Allred, Salt Lake City Fire Marshal.

“Drilling into a reservoir is extremely dangerous for the person stealing the gas for very low yield,” Allred continued.

The level of desperation the man descended into to access what would ultimately have been a small amount of gasoline shows how Americans are feeling the pressure following the rapid rise in gasoline prices over the past of the last few months.

On Thursday morning, the average price stood at $5.01, after hitting a new high of $5.02 on Tuesday.

On Thursday morning, the average price stood at $5.01, after hitting a new high of $5.02 on Tuesday.

Gasoline prices have continued to rise sharply in recent months from a low of $1.77 in April 2020

Gasoline prices have continued to rise sharply in recent months from a low of $1.77 in April 2020

Last weekend, the average cost of gas across the country topped the $5.00 mark, according to AAA.

On Thursday morning, the average price stood at $5.01, after hitting a new high of $5.02 on Tuesday.

Gas is most expensive in California, where some areas approach $7.00 per gallon, while it remains lowest in Georgia at $4.49 for a gallon of regular gasoline.

On Wednesday, President Biden demanded that oil refiners explain the “disconnect” between the price they pay for oil and the price they charge Americans at the pump.

“Since the beginning of this year, gasoline prices have increased by more than $1.70 a gallon,” the president lamented.

“Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression and the bipartisan and global effort to counter it have disrupted the world’s oil supply and driven up the world price,” he continued. “But the sharp rise in gasoline prices is not just due to rising oil prices, but an unprecedented disconnect between the price of oil and the price of gas.”

President Joe Biden has sent a letter to seven of the biggest oil companies demanding action to quell soaring gas prices - including an emergency meeting and an explanation as to whether there has been a loss of capacity to oil refining by these companies

President Joe Biden has sent a letter to seven of the biggest oil companies demanding action to quell soaring gas prices – including an emergency meeting and an explanation as to whether there has been a loss of capacity to oil refining by these companies

Biden explained in his letter, “The last time the price of crude oil was around $120 a barrel, in March, the price of gas at the pump was $4.25 a gallon. Today, gasoline prices are 75 cents higher and diesel prices are 90 cents higher.

The administration has blamed the oil price spike on Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine, which began in late February, and greedy big oil companies.

Wednesday’s letter urges the heads of the seven oil companies to attend an “emergency meeting” with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm through the National Petroleum Council to further discuss options for cutting costs. He also accused them of not increasing production in order to keep prices higher.

Biden’s letter requests information on whether there has been a loss of oil refining capacity by these companies, which would explain some of the price increases.

In his speech, Biden also blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on soaring gas prices, which the administration dubbed “Putin’s price hike.”

Biden took specific aim at ExxonMobil saying:

Biden took specific aim at ExxonMobil saying, “Exxon made more money than God last year.” Pictured: An Exxon gas station sign in Oakland, California earlier this week shows the price per gallon of regular gas at $6.95

A handful of states, like New York, Maryland and Georgia, have already implemented a gas tax holiday — and the administration has begun to look more seriously at a federal gas tax exemption. essence.

Such a move would require congressional action, but a direct call from the president for tax relief for Americans struggling to afford a tank of gas would almost certainly spark a movement.

Some suggest that Biden simply calling on other states to impose their own gasoline tax holidays would be an effective move by the White House to help ease the strain on Americans’ wallets.

Biden has already exploited strategic oil reserves, which have had a negligible effect on gas prices.

Soaring gasoline prices are contributing to four-decade high inflation as economic woes take center stage midway through 2022 and Democrats’ policy outlook for November looks increasingly bleak.

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