Filling Petrol Tank to the Maximum Causing Explosion in High Temperatures: Facts


Picture Warning Filling Petrol Tank to the Maximum Causing Explosion in High Temperatures
Filling Petrol Tank to the Maximum Causing Explosion in High Temperatures

Story: 

Warning from indian oil !!!

Due to increase of temperature in the next days, please dont fill petrol to the max. It will cause explosion in the fuel tank.
If u want petrol, then fill to half and leave a space for air.
This week 5 explosive accidents happened due to filling petrol to maximum.
Dont leave the msg stop here. Let others and your family who drive know about it so they can avoid it.

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Picture Warning Filling Petrol Tank to the Maximum Causing Explosion in High Temperatures
Filling Petrol Tank to the Maximum Causing Explosion in High Temperatures

Analysis:

These stories, also coming along with a disturbing picture of a burnt man, warn people that petrol tanks of automobile vehicles should not be filled to the full, because it can cause explosion in the high temperature conditions. Let us analyze whether the said possibility is hoax or fact.

About the Claim

The message that comes as a warning from Indian Oil Company has been in circulation through emails, mobile phone messages and social networking websites since at least early 2014. It was said that 5 explosive accidents happened due to filling petrol to maximum. Similar messages appeared in the country of Oman as well, creating a sort of panic among vehicle users.

Facts

Explosion due to heat requires three things – fuel, suitable temperature and oxygen (air) to support it. Moreover, the auto-ignition temperature of Gasoline (Petrol) is 247–280 °C and Diesel or Jet A-1 is 399 °C, which is highly unlikely in normal weather conditions.

Back in May 2014, timesofoman.com reported about the warnings saying the officials of Royal Oman Police (ROP) and Public Authority of Civil Defense and Ambulances (PACDA) called them misleading and urged people not to pay heed to them. An oil company official the Times of Oman contacted in this regard clarified that their employees within the organization were advised not to fill their car tanks full to the brim as it may cause accidents, and this was a part of their health, safety and environment (HSE) practices. The official also mentioned that, for a better performance on roads, it is not good for the car to be full with petrol. Because, for proper flow of petrol in the engine, there must be some space left for air, and that helps the fuel stream work properly.

About Picture

The story also comes with a picture of a burnt man beside a fire exploded motorbike (disturbing picture shown in Image Gallery, viewers discretion advised), which in fact is unrelated. It belongs to a fire explosion on 12 Jul 2012 in Nigeria’s Rivers state, where more than 200 people were burned to death when they went to scoop up oil from an overturned oil tanker.

So filling up fuel tanks in motor vehicles does not cause explosion in high temperature weather conditions that usually exist. The misleading warnings can be ignored and need not be shared.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.

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Filling Petrol Tank to the Maximum Causing Explosion in High Temperatures: Facts