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14-Year-Old Florida Girl Severely Burned After Gas Can Explodes

January 11, 2018
Colson Hicks Eidson

A 14-year-old girl is reportedly fighting for her life after she was severely burned during a New Year’s Eve bonfire in Fort Pierce, Florida. The girl was roasting marshmallows when a nearby gas can exploded and engulfed her in flames. Friends were able to put the fire out, but they were also burned. After being airlifted to Kendall Medical Center, the girl underwent multiple life-saving surgeries. However, she suffered burns to over 95 percent of her body and still has a long fight ahead. A family friend told press outlets that the girl suffered burns everywhere except the bottom of her feet.

There are cases where defective gas cans have killed or injured consumers after exploding. Blitz, a gas can manufacturer that has since gone out of business, had been hit with dozens of lawsuits since 1994 over gas can explosions. Victims and their surviving family members also filed lawsuits against Walmart, a retailer that carried Blitz gas cans.

Manufacturers failed to implement a basic and inexpensive safety device in its gas cans. It is known that flame arrestors could have prevented gas cans from exploding without warning. Walmart and Blitz reached a $161 million settlement with gas can explosion victims. Lawsuits are still being filed for injuries and deaths caused by defective gas cans.

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