The Myth - Using one's cell phone while pumping gasoline can cause an explosion.

Verdict - Busted

Notes - After singeing Adam's eyebrow in a scale test, the team attempts to ignite a mock filling station. A properly-working cell phone failed to ignite gasoline, even when surrounded by gasoline vapor with the optimum fuel-air mix for ignition. The actual risk comes from an electrostatic discharge between a charged driver and the car, often a result of static electricity buildup from getting into and out of the vehicle. When re-tested in Myths Revisited, the conclusion was validated.[1]


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