Hoarding gasoline had serious consequences for this Hummer H2 owner.
A malicious cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline is causing gasoline stations in East America to run dry. Although the pipeline has restarted and there is enough gas for everyone, people are unnecessarily panic buying at the fuel pumps, causing more shortages and gas prices in America to increase to $3 per gallon for the first time since 2014.
Worryingly, some people are even resorting to filling plastic bags with gasoline and storing them in the trunk. This is obviously extremely dangerous and could easily cause a fire, prompting the government to remind people to use their common sense. Other people have been storing gasoline in jerry cans, but as this Hummer H2 driver demonstrates, this can also have serious consequences.
In Citrus County, Florida, WFLA reports that the 2004 Hummer H2 burst into flames while the driver was filling up at a gas station. It didn't take long to find out the cause of the fire: firefighters found four five-gallon containers of gasoline in the back of the SUV, so the driver was clearly panic buying. It only took around ten minutes for firefighters to extinguish the blaze, but the Hummer H2 couldn't be saved and is a total loss.
Photos shared by the Citrus County Fire Rescue shows the burned-out remains of the H2 and the melted gas containers in the cargo area.
One person was injured in the inferno but refused to go to the hospital for treatment against medical advice. The Florida State Fire Marshal is investigating the fire to determine an official cause, but it's probably safe to say that the 20 gallons of fuel the H2 was carrying was a factor.
Authorities are reminding people there's no need to panic buy because Florida gets 90 percent of its gas supply from cargo ships. Production of the Hummer H2 ended back in 2009, but it has since been replaced with the new electric GMC Hummer EV SUV. If the driver is hoping to replace their toasted H2 with the new electric SUV, they will have a long wait because the Edition 1 is sold out and the series production model won't arrive until 2023.