An investigation by “TODAY” found that red plastic gas cans are capable of exploding. WLTX interviewed an attorney familiar with the issues who explained when the vessel is poured and pulled back up, a vacuum is created that sucks the heat source into the can, causing it to explode. The problem isn’t widespread, with just 11 deaths and 1,200 reported emergency room visits in last 15 years, but still the results have been horrific, causing serious injuries and extensive burns.
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