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As the other reply stated, this is actually one of the most popular urban 
legends and has circulated for quite some time.  They probably put the 
caution notices on the pumps before this was thoroughly investigated just to 
cover themselves in case of lawsuits.  It is true static electricity can 
ignite fires, but it has never been attributed to cell phone use.

Read about it at:  http://www.snopes.com/autos/hazards/gasvapor.asp or at
http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl-cellphone-gas-fires.htm

Linda Williams
Liberty, Clay County, MO
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mariel Stephenson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 1:28 PM
Subject: Re: Birding and Cell phone safety


> Fortunately a lot of the pumps specify that you must turn off cell phones. 
> I guess people just don't read them.  Since it is hazardous to our safety 
> when someone else at the pump is using theirs I pull out until they leave 
> (or may I ask them not to pump until I leave without risking bodily harm 
> or sign language?).
> Mariel Stephenson
> Columbia,  Boone County, MO
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Mike Doyen" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 12:06 PM
> Subject: Birding and Cell phone safety

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