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How Not to Put Out a Fire

A garbage fire south of Liberty, Missouri, turned out to be stranger than it looked. A Clay County deputy saw the smoke, went to investigate, and found a van burning in a field. The van’s owner was nearby.   

The deputy learned that the owner had been burning garbage in the field and accidentally let the fire get out of control. In an attempt to put the fire out, he drove his van back and forth over the flames.

This made matters worse, as the tires of the van caught fire. Realizing that the van was loaded with firearms ammunition and a full tank of gas, the driver evacuated the area for safety.

Firefighters responded to make sure the fire didn’t spread. The unnamed van owner was not cited. He declined to file a police report for a possible insurance claim. I don’t think that effort would have yielded any results in this case. -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Clay County Sheriff’s Office)


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