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Hotrod Spews Fire into Crowd Injuring 12

Burnout Competition Takes a Literal Turn for the Worst

Bystanders at all motorsports events know that they take some risk by being there. While the risk may statistically be slim, things happen, and there is no way to know when disaster might strike.  A burnout competition during the Red Centre NATS motorsports event in Alice Springs, Australia ended terribly with at least 12 injured. The car itself was to blame, as it backfired sparking a fuel leak. It just so happened to be during a moment when the driver was trying to smoke out the interested crowd gathering at the fence to watch.

Flaming fuel was thrown from the car into the crowd as the driver revved the engine. As he tried to spin his tires, he makes it worse for just a moment before letting off and putting an end to the chaos. You can see the crowd disperse, but not everyone makes it out of the way in time. Four people were air-lifted to the nearest hospital’s burn unit, aimed at getting them the best help they possibly could. The worst part, is that racing petrol causes a chemical burn as well as helps ignite whatever else the petrol is put on.

A simple display of theatrics to excite a crowd turned into a terrible day for one enthusiast that sustained critical injuries. Some were burned on as much as 20% of their body. The video below shows a clear view of one spectator losing some hair, but it’s the fans in front of him that took the brunt of it. Fuel leaks cause a majority of vehicle fires. They should never be overlooked, or assumed to be “small enough” to be considered “safe”.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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