HARRISBURG, Pa. – Authorities in Pennsylvania say a gas station patron died when static electricity ignited a fire as he filled up his tank.
Authorities say 19-year-old L. David Byers of central Pennsylvania died early Friday at the gas station in Camp Hill.
A gas station equipment expert says the only other fatality from a static-generated fire was in Oklahoma more than a decade ago.
Petroleum Equipment Institute Executive Vice President Robert Renkes says such fires require a pump without a vapor recovery device and a motorist who generates static electricity during fueling.
Renkes says static is usually discharged safely several ways before a motorist begins fueling up.