Rarely do you see someone reach for fire to get rid of a spider — let alone when that spider is crawling on a vehicle at a gas station — a place surrounded by flammable substances.
But that’s what happened at the Center Line station, just north of Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday morning.
A motorist, who later acknowledged that he is deathly afraid of spiders, was about ready to pump gas when he thought he saw one by his fuel door.
So he grabbed a lighter to brutally burn it to death.
As soon as he ignited the lighter, flames shot from his gas tank and then engulfed the pump in seconds.
The customer got into his car and instead of driving off, he moved it away from the fiery pump and then jumped into action and grabbed a nearby fire extinguisher to fix his big oops moment.
Inside the store, gas station employee Susan Adams quickly activated the pump’s kill switch and called the fire department, WJBK-TV reported.
The one pump was destroyed and the spider was burned, but remarkably the man and his car as well as the rest of the gas station escaped injury. The gas station’s insurance is expected to pick up the tab, WJBK said.
The man initially was not truthful and said that it was the “static” in his car that caused the fire, but after being questioned by fire investigators, he cracked and acknowledged that his intense fear of spiders was what brought about his ill-advised decision, CBS reported.
Employees at the station have been getting a big laugh out of the whole incident since it happened, placing their voices over the surveillance video as if it was the unfortunate motorist speaking.
The motorist came back to the gas station the next day and apologized. “He was sorry,” Adams told WJBK. “He said he didn’t know. It is just one of those things that happen — stupidity.”
Watch the report with the surveillance camera video below: