Danger of carrying bottled LPG in vehicles

Submitted: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 16:57
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Occasionally the subject of carrying bottled gas in vehicles, without regard to the correct methods of doing so, gets discussed on the forum with many differing opinions as to the safety of this practise.

There is an article in today's Newcastle Herald about a bloke up Cessnock way who yesterday had his BBQ gas cylinder sitting on the front passenger seat next to him & unbeknown to him it had a bit of a leak. The gentleman lit up a smoke & KABOOOOOM. The blast apparently blew out the windows, popped out the front doors & caused extensive internal damage to the vehicle. According to the paper the driver was relatively unhurt. One lucky bloke!! IT could have been much worse.
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:08

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:08
Here is the article


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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:13

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:13
Geeez it would be good to have brains like you Kev so as I new how to do what you just did! Maybe one day I will master some of the things that this bit of electronic wizardry is capable of. LOL, thanks & cheers
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:16

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:16
I'll show you how to do it when I see you in St George in September ;)

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Follow Up By: guzzi - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:20

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:20
Too stupid to breath but someone let him drive.
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 18:52

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 18:52
Sounds like the topic should really be how stupid it is to have a fire inside while you drive.

I have seen people put burning paper and leaves right into their mouth.... and get this... they suck on it and look like they breathe it in. All this while they are driving. Crazy.

MUST be more dangerous than using a mobile phone.

Oh... and if you are carrying a leaking gas cylinder.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 22:08

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 22:08
Recall many moons ago when I was still a smoker - had a Morris Mini K in those days - the bloody hot end of the cigarette dropped off into the leg of my stubbies ....had not jocks on either..tell you what that Mini K came to a awfully quick stop :-)
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Reply By: The Landy - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:16

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:16
Maybe he'll give up the durries now....

Geez talk about lucky!
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Reply By: Member - Ian H (NSW) - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:47

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:47
Hi Barry,
When I posted here about the dangers of carrying gas bottles in the vehicle I was told by several members that " I have been doing it for years and it is OK so I will keep doing it!"
I wonder if they feel so smart now.
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 18:58

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 18:58
Maybe he will finally believe the no-smoking campaign.... "smoking is a health hazard...." In more ways than by the looks of it.

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Reply By: nickb - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 19:53

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 19:53
I mounted one of those camper trailer gas bottle holder thingys on my roof rack. If I go out without the camper I still have gas available and I won't get injured if it blows(hopefully).

And I don't smoke hahaha!
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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 05:56

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 05:56
HI nick - LPG is a heavy gas therefore settles in the lowest possible place, with you keeping it on the roof there would be VERY LITTLE chance of an explosion unless the gas manages to find its way into your car ( windows open )

LPG is very dangerous stuff -- i have been working with it for a while now as i work in the packaging industry and LPG is the main propellant used ( with various concentrations of Butane) within aerosol cans . the LPG you buy for your 9kg bbq gas bottles is oderized so it gives to an indication that there are leaks .. LPG i work with has no smell at all and we are heavily reliant on Gas sniffers within the process

Friend of mine used to work for OH&S in there destructive testing lab - he used to make rigs up to test and blow stuff up - LPG tanks was one of those things - NOT something to be messed with was his comments

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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 22:40

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 22:40
I saw a camp that was completely destroyed when a gas bottle exploded.

Luckily there was no-one in the camp at the time it occurred.

For that reason I use a coleman dual fuel stove and do not carry gas bottles.
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