FLORIDA– A Hummer in Florida caught fire right after a driver filled five big containers with gas.
Citrus County Fire Rescue said they answered a call at a Texaco Food Mart in Homosassa, Florida, for a car on fire on Wednesday.
Five 4-gallon containers loaded with gasoline were in the rear of the car when it burst into flames, officials said.
Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
There were no casualties except one person who was injured but declined to be treated.
Thousands of people have been running to gas stations following the Colonial Pipeline shutdown caused panic buying. Photos and videos circulated of some putting extra gas in plastic bags and of long lines.
The pipeline reopened its system on Wednesday, and by Friday, the Colonial Pipeline Company said product delivery had resumed for all the markets they serve.
A spokesman said the driver had filled up five gas cans at a nearby food mart just before the incident. Police officials found the remains of 5 four-gallon containers in the back of the SUV.
Authorities say, “The incident was an example of people in the United States panic-buying gasoline because of the Colonial pipeline cyberattack that left the country’s largest fuel supplier shut for several days. The authorities used this incident to remind the people of Florida that the state does not actually have a gas shortage.
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