2010-03-10 04:33:54 UTC
Static discharge sparked fire at pump, police say
An expert on fuel-pump fires says Friday's fatality in Lower Allen
Twp. is only the second one in the nation caused by static electricity
at a pump.
March 09, 2010
By Monica Von Dobeneck
A 19-year-old Lower Allen Twp. man who authorities said died while
filling his car with gasoline fell victim to a freak accident that has
resulted in one other known fatality nationwide, a fuel expert said.
L. David Byers, 19, was filling up his Toyota Yaris at a BP station in
Lower Allen Twp. at 2:45 a.m. Friday when vapor fumes caught fire.
Byers died after inhaling superheated gasses from the flash fire,
Cumberland County Coroner Todd Eckenrode said.
A static-electric discharge sparked the flames, a state police fire