Gas Station Refueling Fires

Claim:   Static electricity is a suspected cause of a reported increase in gas station refueling fires.

Status:   True. This is the best link on this subject of

Voltage from local radio turns New York City span into antenna

The Kosciuszko Bridge, a steel and concrete structure approximately 4,000 ft in length, connects the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. The NYSDOT awarded a contract to Ahern Painting Contractors Inc. to clean, paint and replace steel on the bridge. About 10 months after work began, the painters complained about electrical shocks whenever they touched the steel on the bridge while standing on a man lift.

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