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Can A Lit Match Light Gasoline?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Remember that scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” when a guy flicks a match into a leaking stream of gasoline? The huge burst of flames made a great visual – but the truth was left in the ashes.

A British study concluded that a match lighting gas was possible (as in ‘you winning the lottery’ is possible) – but extremely improbable.  They tried it exactly 2000 times and couldn’t do it.  And then everyone got bored and went home.

A  lit match is between 450-500 degrees F. Gasoline ignites between 500-540 degrees F.  So it’s too close to play – but not close enough to seriously chance a fire.  Just thought you’d like to know.

Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’