Motorists are stocking more than their fair share of fuel, leading to a petrol crisis.
According to one firefighter, accumulating petrol in your car can have incredibly dangerous consequences.
Retired London Fire Brigade Borough Commander Steve Dudney shared a photo on Twitter on Saturday about the consequences of keeping large amounts of fuel in your car.
He wrote: “This is a photo of an event I attended 12 years ago.
“The person driving the car had filled some petrol containers and put them in the boot. This was the result of residual petrol vapor found in his car from an ignition source. “
He attached a picture of a car that was completely lit up the front, and without the front window screen.
Dudeny continued: “Panic buyer beware!! #petrolpanic #panicbuying.”
He told the UK that the petrol container “may have been damaged or improperly sealed”, as could be the case with cans not designed to carry fuel.
He added: “Vapor filled the car until it met a spark or other ignition source, most likely from the car’s electrics.”
Dudney said he and firefighters identified the remains of “at least two containers in the car” after the incident.
His next tweet read: “He was still alive but badly burned when I arrived, was taken to a burn unit, I never heard he survived.”
His words come at a time when Britain is in the grip of a fuel crisis, made worse by motorists stocking up on petrol.
Some have resorted to using water bottles or other containers not designed to carry petrol.
Panic about petrol supplies came after oil giant BP warned that it was soon going to struggle to get petrol to pumps across the country last week. This is a challenge facing many industries in the UK at the moment, as there is a severe shortage of HGV drivers.
Refineries have more than enough gasoline to keep Britain moving.