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Man ignites gas station trying to kill spider

By T.K. Randall
September 27, 2015 · Comment icon 45 comments

The man attempted a rather unorthodox spider removal method. Image Credit: James E. Foehl / US Navy
A man in Detroit managed to set a gas station on fire while trying to use his lighter to kill a spider.
The absurd scenario saw the hapless arachnophobe grab his cigarette lighter after encountering a large spider that had decided to pay him a visit while he was filling his car up with gas.

Without thinking things through he attempted to use the gadget to douse the arachnid in flames but ended up setting the gas pump alight instead. The fire soon engulfed the entire pump, forcing the attendant to hit the gas automatic stop button before phoning for the fire brigade.

Fortunately the man managed to put the flames out himself by grabbing a nearby fire extinguisher.

"He was sorry," said the attendant. "It is just one of those things that happen - stupidity."

Source: Fox 2 Detroit | Comments (45)

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Comment icon #36 Posted by OverSword 9 years ago
Comment icon #37 Posted by spartan max2 9 years ago
Someone took the "kill it with fire!" joke literal
Comment icon #38 Posted by littlewallflower 9 years ago
Comment icon #39 Posted by ChaosRose 9 years ago
Bahahahahahaha!!! Gives new meaning to kill it with fire!
Comment icon #40 Posted by Mr Supertypo 9 years ago
Of course the nuclear device would work too. I'm not so sure, what the radioactivity turns the surviving spiders into giants instead?
Comment icon #41 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 9 years ago
While I can't condone the idiocy of destroying a gas pump like that, I do heartily endorse the use of fire, and lots of it, to kill spiders. Or, just nuke them from orbit. I think we should just up and accept them. Most spiders are really harmless and we live with them anyway (yes, the 10 feet thing is real). Heresy. It's either us or them.
Comment icon #42 Posted by lorimommy3 9 years ago
Holy flaming Spider! You often hear people joke about what lengths they would go to in order to win a battle against a spider but this is a bit much! Heck the lady who realized she was driving down the road with a copperhead snake in her car was able to not have a complete meltdown! If I remember correctly it slithered down the inside of her driver's side window! EEEK!!!
Comment icon #43 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
He could have saved a step or two and just smashed the spider with the fire extinguisher.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 9 years ago
He could have saved a step or two and just smashed the spider with the fire extinguisher. ...nope, only fire will suffice.
Comment icon #45 Posted by kobolds 9 years ago
he will feel more sorry when he get the repair bills

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