This is Why You Don't Smoke At Gas Stations

Thirty-seven-year-old Austin Dawkins, of Clarkesville, Georgia, was filling up his pickup truck with gas when he flicked his cigarette lighter near the gas tank. A fireball immediately shot forth and set his wife, 30-year-old Jessica Dawkins, on fire. She immediately flung herself away from the truck as the flames burned her. A gas station surveillance video captured the incident:


Austin faces a charge of reckless conduct that is punishable with up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. His wife suffered second- and third-degree burns to her legs, arm, back and head. Hopefully, she will make a speedy recovery.

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Danny Vinik

I'm a recent graduate of Duke University majoring in economics and public policy. I write frequently at my own site, called Political Algebra (www.dannyvinik.com). My main interests are economic policy and political analysis. Outside of journalism, I'm a big sports fan, particularly of Duke Basketball and the Boston Red Sox.

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