Friday, May 25, 2012

News Of The Day: Man Dies After Drinking Gasoline From Salsa Jar And Lighting Cigarette

"Hey man, you might not wanna li---KABLAMMMO!"

Man dies after accidentally drinking gasoline from salsa jar then lighting cigarette

A 43-year-old man in North Carolina died Tuesday after drinking gasoline and lighting a cigarette, police there say.

Gary Allen Banning of Havelock, N.C., was taken to a local hospital late Monday after police responded to a 911 call from a resident reporting an apartment fire.

Banning was transported to the University of North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill where he died early Tuesday. He had suffered severe burns.

According to police, Banning accidentally drank from a salsa jar containing gasoline at a friend's apartment, spitting it out and getting it on his clothes. 

He later lit the cigarette that ignited his clothes.

"It was just a freak incident," said W.K. Preslar, an investigator with the Havelock Police Department, told the Shelby Star newspaper.

Preslar said Banning's friend was a mechanic and used gasoline to remove grease from his hands. The carpet where Banning was standing was "charred," Preslar added.

Police do not suspect any foul play, but are awaiting toxicology results before concluding their investigation.


  1. Dear Darwin Award Winner,

    Thank you for removing yourself from the gene pool. The shallow end was getting crowded.

    The Human Race

    (Prairie Girl)

  2. Ay-yi-yi, poor sap. It's amazing when you think about it that he made it all the way to 43.

    I think he took the advice, "Brighten the corner where you are," a little too much to heart.

  3. Shoot, in Texas we call that salsa "mild." Wussy.

  4. 'Hey Ricky, I'm real sorry your mom blew herself up....'

  5. Shouldn't that be classified as freak idiocy instead of a freak incident?

  6. I freak out when I get a little gasoline on my hands at the gas station. If it was spilled on my clothes I'd have to strip down and have a Full Silkwood.

  7. Awww... God Bless the South!



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