Monday, June 09, 2008

Gas hoarding eyed as cause of Dartmouth apartment fire

This is what happens when we don't teach people math. There's no way, even without taking into account the risk of fire and damage to your property, that hoarding gas is going to be at all cost effective. I don't care how long they were going to try to store 45 gallons worth of gas, it's never going to be long enough to generate a reasonable profit. And if they were going to try to increase the volume of their hoard, they would have gotten into issues with storage space long before it got to any point that could potentially be profitable. So when you factor in what should have been the somewhat obvious risk of storing gasoline this way, it turns into a really horrible idea.

Also, there was one part of the article that struck me as odd.

State law prohibits storing more than a quart of gasoline in a home, including attached garages.

What the fuck? Do these people not have lawn equipment? I routinely had around 5 - 10 gallons of gas in my house for the lawn mower and edger. I can't imagine that anyone follows this law. They'd have to go to the gas station everytime they had to do yard work.

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23 comments:

Chris Howard said...

Yeah, a quart is a ridiculous. I have a 5 gallon container and another 1 gallon with an oil mix for the blower. I doubt that law gets enforced.

michelline said...

I have a 5 gallon container and another 1 gallon with an oil mix for the blower. I doubt that law gets enforced.

But I'll bet the insurance company uses it as a way out of paying if the house is destroyed in a fire.

Anonymous said...

Only if they can show the FUEL was the "source" of the fire. If its not they can not use it for that.

CAN YOU safetly store gasoline? what about in an above ground Heating Oil tank? I mean if your allowed to have 200 gallons of diesel does it matter if you fill it with 200 gallons of gasoline?

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