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21st Oct '17 12:09:45 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Cannon}}'': Cannon does this to his own car in "Girl in the Electric Coffin"; causing it to blow up and drive out the hitman who was taking cover behind it.
8th Sep '17 4:28:08 PM BattleMaster
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** This often has he side effect of setting the tank on fire which, with the current patch, will randomly damage modules, injure crew members and possibly cook the ammo for massive damage.

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** This often has he side effect of setting the tank on fire which, with the current patch, will randomly damage modules, injure crew members and possibly cook the ammo for massive damage. Soviet tanks are especially vulnerable to this tactic, due to many of them mounting external fuel tanks. One shell and it explodes into flames, [[SarcasmMode exactly like how diesel fuel doesn't]].
5th Sep '17 1:46:06 PM REV6Pilot
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* The way [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Courier]] Ethan Sunderland kills [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Blue Suns]] Pyro in his first engagement with their troops.
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The way [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Courier]] Ethan Sunderland kills [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Blue Suns]] Pyro in his first engagement with their troops.
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5th Sep '17 1:45:04 PM REV6Pilot
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** Maybe they're [[IncrediblyLamePun blasting caps]].
3rd Aug '17 6:04:15 PM SAMAS
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/LethalEnforcers''. While you could shoot the gas tank cap on a car stage, doing so only caused flames to shoot out for a while instead of destroying the car.
22nd Jul '17 2:03:04 PM RichardUptonPickman
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* In ''Literature/RatedR'' Sid destroys Lily's car this way.[[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when she outright tells him Mythbusters proved you can't blow up a car that way. Then he does it anyway.

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* In ''Literature/RatedR'' ''Literature/RatedR'': Sid destroys Lily's car this way.way. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when she outright tells him Mythbusters proved you can't blow up a car that way.like that. Then he does it anyway. He just uses a regular .45 handgun.
22nd Jul '17 2:00:57 PM RichardUptonPickman
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* In ''Literature/RatedR'' Sid destroys Lily's car this way.[[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when she outright tells him Mythbusters proved you can't blow up a car that way. Then he does it anyway.
18th Jul '17 3:49:06 PM CV12Hornet
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** The most common way for aircraft carriers to sink in WWII - by far - was by igniting the the vapors from ruptured aviation gasoline tanks, which would lead to a colossal explosion and lots of fires. [[AvertedTrope Generally averted]] with the fuel for the ships' own engines, as bunker oil is inert enough that if that's on fire, so is everything else.
10th Jun '17 3:17:35 PM nombretomado
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*** This was, in essence, the only reliable way to shoot down airships and balloons during WorldWarOne. Simply shooting them full of holes (hard enough given that many airships of the era could fly higher than airplanes) didn't really work because it was more akin to trying to sink a ship by punching a bunch of little holes in it. Instead, pilots had to use incendiary ammo, which still wasn't always effective at lighting off the hydrogen. And of course, trying the same trick on helium airships and balloons in WorldWarII was even less effective since helium is inert and won't ignite.

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*** This was, in essence, the only reliable way to shoot down airships and balloons during WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Simply shooting them full of holes (hard enough given that many airships of the era could fly higher than airplanes) didn't really work because it was more akin to trying to sink a ship by punching a bunch of little holes in it. Instead, pilots had to use incendiary ammo, which still wasn't always effective at lighting off the hydrogen. And of course, trying the same trick on helium airships and balloons in WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was even less effective since helium is inert and won't ignite.
21st May '17 5:20:04 PM nombretomado
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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] twice on WereAlive. First in Chpater 13 when Burt, Angel and Riley try to use gas canisters as explosives to ward off zombies while they try to get a fire truck started. The tanks don't ignite when Burt tries to shoot them. ([[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Datu who told them it wouldn't work before they tried it.) The second instance happens in Chapter 24, when the Mallers have a fuel truck rigged with explosives driving toward the Tower and Burt tries to blow it up while it's still far enough away to not cause any damage, but once again his shots fail to blow it up. (Again [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], this time by Angel who screams "This is just like the gas cans all over again!"

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] twice on WereAlive.''AudioPlay/WereAlive''. First in Chpater 13 when Burt, Angel and Riley try to use gas canisters as explosives to ward off zombies while they try to get a fire truck started. The tanks don't ignite when Burt tries to shoot them. ([[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Datu who told them it wouldn't work before they tried it.) The second instance happens in Chapter 24, when the Mallers have a fuel truck rigged with explosives driving toward the Tower and Burt tries to blow it up while it's still far enough away to not cause any damage, but once again his shots fail to blow it up. (Again [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], this time by Angel who screams "This is just like the gas cans all over again!"
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