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Man dies after accidentally drinking gasoline, lighting a cigarette and going up in flames

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A 43-year-old man burned to death after accidentally drinking from a jar containing gasoline and then smoking a cigarette.


Gary Allen Banning burst into flames after the cigarette ignited some of the liquid he had spilled on his clothes.


Police said Mr Banning was at a friend's apartment in Havelock, North Carolina, when he apparently mistook a jar of gasoline sitting by the kitchen sink for a drink.

Realising his mistake he immediately spit out the gas, but some of it spilled onto his clothes.


Sometime later, he went outside to smoke a cigarette and burst into flames.

'It was just a freak incident,' said WK Preslar, investigator with the Havelock Police Department.


Preslar said Mr Banning was visiting his friend, a mechanic who had used the gasoline to help clean the grease from his han


Added: Mar-1-2012 Occurred On: Mar-1-2012
By: Zipper10
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Tags: Man, dies, after, drinking, gasoline, lighting, cigarette
Location: Havelock, North Carolina, United States (load item map)
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