Man Accidentally Sets Wife on Fire

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(CNN) — A Georgia man will face criminal charges for accidentally setting fire to his wife by flicking his lighter near his pickup truck’s gas tank while refueling.

Austin Dawkins, 37, of Clarkesville will be charged with reckless conduct, according to a statement from the state fire safety commissioner, Ralph Hudgens.

Dawkins’ wife, 30-year-old Jessica Dawkins, suffered second- and third-degree burns to her legs, arms, back and head at a Clarkesville gas station on October 16, Hudgens said.

A gas station surveillance video released by Hudgens shows the couple standing outside the truck near the gas nozzle when Austin Dawkins appeared to ignite his cigarette lighter and then lower his hand to the nozzle. The video shows flame shooting from the nozzle and burning Jessica Dawkins while Austin Dawkins rushes to remove the nozzle.

Reckless conduct is a misdemeanor that can be punished with up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

(By David Simpson)


  • James

    Let me guess the preceding conversation.

    {wife} – Honey, don’t flick that lighter while I am filling the tank, which you should be doing anyway you misogynist pig, why am I pumping the gas?

    {husband} – See the is why women shouldn’t worry about things like this, nothing’s gonna happen, babe . . .

    {wife} – are you high, gas is flammable . . .

    {husband interrupts} – they have a screen on the tank line to avoid this very thing, see {flicks lighter} . . . nothing . . . see, waving my flame around, no flame . . . don’t you look stup{KAABOOM!!!!!!!}

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