Citroen Xsara Spontaneously Bursts into Flames in Russia

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Want a good reason to stop using your gas-powered car and switch to an electric one? Just watch this next video from Russia, the perfect example of why they call petrol "flammable".
The incident happened in Velikiye Luki, Pskovskaya. Honestly, we can't even pronounce the name of the place, but it's somewhere in Russia.

The lady driving this green Citroen Xsara had a leaking gas canister inside the car. Nobody knows what started it, but considering there's a tag on the Live Leak video that says "cigarette", we have a sneaking suspicion that's the source of the blaze.

A burst of flames shoots from the car, probably through the window sills. Moments later, the Citroen stops, and a woman comes out screaming in agony.

This is a graphic reminder of why gas stations don't allow you to put fuel in canisters and bottles these days. Even static electricity could be the start of the worst day in your life! A few years back, they even banned the use of cellphones because it was believed to be a potential ignition source.

Did she need to have gas in a canister? Not really, since all Xsara models came with a 54-liter fuel tank, probably enough to travel for six or seven hundred kilometers without needing a refill. Maybe gas was cheaper that day, or there's a shortage.

Thankfully, such incidents rarely happen at gas stations, since modern fuel tanks and filler nozzles are better designed. But we remember days when people were commonly burned by their cars, sometimes from malfunctions under the bonnet.

We've heard from people visiting Russia that it's like the wild west as far as gas stations are concerned. In many areas, not even the most basic safety regulations are respected, the fuel is often diluted and western brands like Exxon, BP and Total are blatantly plagiarized.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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