Does usage of cell phones cause explosion in petrol pumps?
The only in-depth study I have seen of this apparent phenomenon was on season 1, episode 2 of the TV programme MythBusters. If you haven’t come across show, it is where two engineers/scientists (the “MythBusters”) test common urban myths, conspiracy theories and accepted truths to see is they are true or not. The proved conclusively that cell phones cannot cause explosions at petrol pumps. They even rigged up a cell phone in a tank of concentrated petrol fumes and could not cause the gas to ignite. Nor could they track down any real-life precedent for the ban on using mobile phones at petrol bowsers, with all supposed news stories having no basis in fact.