In the boat explosion incident I mentioned, that I witnessed, it had refuelled at a jetty. Presumably the tank was near empty and they took on say 20 gallons of gasoline or in our language petrol. What we do know is that fumes (not fuel) were displaced from the tank as it filled and they flowed into the cabin
; perhaps 20 gallons of fumes.
They started the engine
and pulled away OK and anchored nearby. The mother went to the front cabin
and put the baby to sleep. The father decided to make coffee and lit the gas stove. BANG the boat exploded and the entire topsides on one side were smashed out with 2 big cracks to the waterline. They all got out the front hatch
. Then seconds later the fuel tank
exploded with flames 30' high.
That's what a boat explosion is like.
There were plenty of people around to do the rescue
including myself but others were there first.
No way would I mix gasoline with diesel
. They were of course "only" using gasoline.
Thinwater says fumes from a mix are more dangerous and I believe him. It's possibly getting a bit like jet fuel
The same thing can happen at car gas stations. Refuel your car and the fumes are displaced. Your cell phone
in your pocket rings and sets off a flash explosion. I was working once with Shell safety
officer and he told me there are about 10 such events
a year in NZ with only 4 million people.
⛽ is dangerous stuff. Don't take chances.