Greedy motorists filling up jerry cans as they panic buy fuel at petrol stations have been warned that it could lead to their cars exploding.

Around the country images have emerged of people not only filling up their cars but also bottles and other containers as they fear a shortage.

The road haulage crisis and a lack of lorry drivers has now reached petrol stations and while the government has said there is still enough fuel to go around - it hasn’t stopped panicked drivers rushing to fill up.

But a former firefighter has told of the danger of putting extra containers of petrol in their car if they are not sealed correctly.

Steve Dudeney, an ex-senior fire officer has warned that cars could simply blow up as a result.

Mr Dudeney has told of a case which he attended where a car blew up after petrol vapour leaked out of a container (



He tweeted the story of a case where this happened and showed the result with the photo of a car destroyed.

"This is a photo from an incident I attended 12 years ago," he wrote in a tweet.

"The man driving the car had filled some petrol containers up and placed them in the boot.

"The escaping petrol vapour met an ignition source in his car, this was the result. Panic buyers beware!!

"He was still alive but badly burned when I arrived, airlifted to a burns unit, I never heard if he survived."

The government has said that the shortage of fuel has been caused by people rushing to fill up (


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It led to a flurry of debate on social media about the safety of transporting petrol. Many people called out people for being greedy while others defended the action.

One person commented: “Shocking photo. What the hell are petrol station managers doing allowing stupid people to fill up multiple containers? You DON'T arm the pump if you can’t see what they are filling. At the moment it should be tank only anyway.”

While another replied saying how many people need the fuel for their work.

“What about all the various industries that need petrol for tools, construction, grounds keeping etc,” the person tweeted.

In another tweet, Mr Dudeney wrote: "Went to a call on Wennington’s ground once, same thing.

"VW Golf with a boot full of petrol cans, the vapour found and ignition source and boom!!! Driver severely burned, not sure if he survived."

Drivers can legally carry 30 litres of petrol in a maximum of two suitable containers in their vehicles.

The petrol needs to be held in containers that are securely sealed to prevent any vapour escaping.

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