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22nd Jun '16 10:38:58 AM Purzel89
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** A gas tank does explode after a crash in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', but that's only because a live wire sparked next to the leaking fuel. (Also impossible, diesel fuel doesn't explode even when a blowtorch is pointed at it.) Averted later during the Cyberdyne shootout, where the T-800's minigun does not ignite any of the police cars it's fired that.

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** A gas tank does explode after a crash in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', but that's only because a live wire sparked next to the leaking fuel. (Also impossible, diesel fuel doesn't explode even when a blowtorch is pointed at it.) Averted later during the Cyberdyne shootout, where the T-800's minigun does not ignite any of the police cars it's fired that.at.
** Played straight and averted at the same time in ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''. T-800 fires 750 rounds into the police cars, but only one of them explodes. All police cars have a serious amount of bullet holes in them after the shooting. Maybe the Terminator doesn't like the Chevrolet Caprice.
28th May '16 3:59:00 PM MadCormorant
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* ''Literature/GenerationKill'': Corporal Burris gets assigned to take down a Iraqi T-72 tank, with the expectation that his anti-tank missile, being incapable of penetrating the tank's hull, would be used to blow off one of the treads and stop it from escaping (while, presumably, a more permanent solution is devised). Upon getting closer, he notices the rear-mounted fuel tanks, and decides to target those instead. The Iraqi tankers apparently did not drain them before entering combat, leading to the missile causing a huge explosion that blows the tank to pieces and knocks Burris flat on his ass from the force.
1st May '16 5:04:11 AM erforce
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* Kyle Reese crouches down and fires his shotgun at the gas tank underneath a car in a vain effort to slow down the T-800 in ''Film/TheTerminator''.

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Kyle Reese crouches down and fires his shotgun at the gas tank underneath a car in a vain effort to slow down the T-800 in ''Film/TheTerminator''.



* [[RogueWarrior Richard Marcinko]] maintains that it can be done, using special tracer ammunition, but in real life it's more effective if there is something in the vehicle that can spark and blow the fuel tank that way, much like the trick in ''{{Franchise/Terminator}} 2''.

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* [[RogueWarrior Richard Marcinko]] maintains that it can be done, using special tracer ammunition, but in real life it's more effective if there is something in the vehicle that can spark and blow the fuel tank that way, much like the trick in ''{{Franchise/Terminator}} 2''.''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''.
6th Apr '16 4:51:15 PM YT45
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This myth was [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters busted]] by ''Series/MythBusters'' as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4n--xOOoWE they proved]] that in most cases it simply will not work. A real life fuel tank explosion was only possible when they used a ''[[GatlingGood minigun]]'' armed with [[IncendiaryExponent incendiary rounds]] which, suffice to say, is generally unlikely. Besides, if you have a minigun then you're not going to need to shoot the fuel tank anyway. Even if (against all odds, logic, and reason) the fuel tank ''does'' explode, the result is rarely the spectacular car-flipping fireball that Hollywood promises. An ordinary passenger car's gas tank with unleaded gasoline will produce a "POP" and a quick (and anticlimactic) flash of flames underneath the vehicle with all four tires remaining firmly planted on the ground, though the resulting fire may consume the vehicle pretty quickly. Diesel pretty much won't blow at all unless you light a fire under it and keep it burning until it causes a BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion), which will take a while to accomplish. Jet fuel's extremely-high ignition temperature causes it to behave a lot like diesel. Avgas (aviation gasoline, the super-high-octane blend used in piston-engined aircraft can blow up like this (with a very Hollywoodish fireball), which is why airplanes since the 1920s have things like self-sealing fuel tanks and inert-gas-pressurization for their tanks.

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This myth was [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters busted]] by ''Series/MythBusters'' as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4n--xOOoWE they proved]] that in most cases it simply will not work. A real life fuel tank explosion was only possible when they used a ''[[GatlingGood minigun]]'' armed with [[IncendiaryExponent incendiary rounds]] which, suffice to say, is generally unlikely. Besides, if you have a minigun then you're not going to need to shoot the fuel tank anyway. Even if (against all odds, logic, and reason) the fuel tank ''does'' explode, the result is rarely the spectacular car-flipping fireball that Hollywood promises. An ordinary passenger car's gas tank with unleaded gasoline will produce a "POP" and a quick (and anticlimactic) flash of flames underneath the vehicle with all four tires remaining firmly planted on the ground, though the resulting fire may consume the vehicle pretty quickly. Diesel pretty much won't blow at all unless you light a fire under it and keep it burning until it causes a BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion), which will take a while to accomplish. Jet fuel's extremely-high ignition temperature causes it to behave a lot like diesel. Avgas (aviation gasoline, the super-high-octane blend used in piston-engined aircraft aircraft) can blow up like this (with a very Hollywoodish fireball), which is why airplanes since the 1920s have things like self-sealing fuel tanks and inert-gas-pressurization for their tanks.
6th Apr '16 4:49:23 PM YT45
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This myth was [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters busted]] by ''Series/MythBusters'' as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4n--xOOoWE they proved]] that in most cases it simply will not work. A real life fuel tank explosion was only possible when they used a ''[[GatlingGood minigun]]'' armed with [[IncendiaryExponent incendiary rounds]] which, suffice to say, is generally unlikely. Besides, if you have a minigun then you're not going to need to shoot the fuel tank anyway. Even if (against all odds, logic, and reason) the fuel tank ''does'' explode, the result is rarely the spectacular car-flipping fireball that Hollywood promises. An ordinary passenger car's gas tank with unleaded gasoline will produce a "POP" and a quick (and anticlimactic) flash of flames underneath the vehicle with all four tires remaining firmly planted on the ground, though the resulting fire may consume the vehicle pretty quickly. Diesel pretty much won't blow at all unless you light a fire under it and keep it burning until it causes a BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion), which will take a while to accomplish. Jet fuel's extremely-high ignition temperature causes it to behave a lot like diesel. Avgas (aviation gasoline, the super-high-octane blend used in piston-engined aircraft can blow up like this (with a very Hollywoodish fireball), which is why airplanes since the 1920s have things like self-sealing fuel tanks and inert-gas-pressurization for their tanks.

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This myth was [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters busted]] by ''Series/MythBusters'' as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4n--xOOoWE they proved]] that in most cases it simply will not work. A real life fuel tank explosion was only possible when they used a ''[[GatlingGood minigun]]'' armed with [[IncendiaryExponent incendiary rounds]] which, suffice to say, is generally unlikely. Besides, if you have a minigun then you're not going to need to shoot the fuel tank anyway. Even if (against all odds, logic, and reason) the fuel tank ''does'' explode, the result is rarely the spectacular car-flipping fireball that Hollywood promises. promises. An ordinary passenger car's gas tank with unleaded gasoline will produce a "POP" and a quick (and anticlimactic) flash of flames underneath the vehicle with all four tires remaining firmly planted on the ground, though the resulting fire may consume the vehicle pretty quickly. quickly. Diesel pretty much won't blow at all unless you light a fire under it and keep it burning until it causes a BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion), which will take a while to accomplish. accomplish. Jet fuel's extremely-high ignition temperature causes it to behave a lot like diesel. diesel. Avgas (aviation gasoline, the super-high-octane blend used in piston-engined aircraft can blow up like this (with a very Hollywoodish fireball), which is why airplanes since the 1920s have things like self-sealing fuel tanks and inert-gas-pressurization for their tanks.



* ''VideoGame/MadMax'' uses this as a gameplay mechanic. Pulling your shotgun on an enemy vehicle is a good way to destroy it more easily. Helps that most vehicles have very exposed fuel tanks. The only real drawback is that shotgun ammo is hard enough to come by until you develop ammo benches for strongholds and have a bandolier large enough to carry more rounds. It may be justified to some extent in this case, as the post-apocalypse vehicles are running on very crudely-refined "guzzoline," which might be closer to avgas than unleaded.

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* ''VideoGame/MadMax'' uses this as a gameplay mechanic. Pulling your shotgun on an enemy vehicle is a good way to destroy it more easily. Helps that most vehicles have very exposed fuel tanks. The only real drawback is that shotgun ammo is hard enough to come by until you develop ammo benches for strongholds and have a bandolier large enough to carry more rounds. It may be justified to some extent in this case, as the post-apocalypse vehicles are running on very crudely-refined "guzzoline," which might be closer to avgas than unleaded.


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** The Soviet BMP-2 armored personnel carrier/infantry fighting vehicle was notorious for its poorly-protected fuel tanks mounted around and above the passenger hatch. Although rifle rounds wouldn't do it, and the fuel wouldn't necessarily ''explode'' per se, any hit from a heavy weapon to the rear of the vehicle could flood the passenger compartment with flammable liquid, barbecuing ten poor Slavic bastards inside with no way out.
6th Apr '16 3:19:46 PM YT45
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This myth was [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters busted]] by ''Series/MythBusters'' as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4n--xOOoWE they proved]] that in most cases it simply will not work. A real life fuel tank explosion was only possible when they used a ''[[GatlingGood minigun]]'' armed with [[IncendiaryExponent incendiary rounds]] which, suffice to say, is generally unlikely. Besides, if you have a minigun then you're not going to need to shoot the fuel tank anyway. Even if (against all odds, logic, and reason) the fuel tank ''does'' explode, the result is rarely the spectacular car-flipping fireball that Hollywood promises. An ordinary passenger car's gas tank with unleaded gasoline will produce a "POP" and a quick (and anticlimactic) flash of flames underneath the vehicle with all four tires remaining firmly planted on the ground, though the resulting fire may consume the vehicle pretty quickly. Diesel pretty much won't blow at all unless you light a fire under it and keep it burning until it causes a BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion), which will take a while to accomplish. Jet fuel's extremely-high ignition temperature causes it to behave a lot like diesel. Avgas (aviation gasoline, the super-high-octane blend used in piston-engined aircraft can blow up like this (with a very Hollywoodish fireball), which is why airplanes since the 1920s have things like self-sealing fuel tanks and inert-gas-pressurization for their tanks.

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This myth was [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters busted]] by ''Series/MythBusters'' as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4n--xOOoWE they proved]] that in most cases it simply will not work. A real life fuel tank explosion was only possible when they used a ''[[GatlingGood minigun]]'' armed with [[IncendiaryExponent incendiary rounds]] which, suffice to say, is generally unlikely. Besides, if you have a minigun then you're not going to need to shoot the fuel tank anyway. Even if (against all odds, logic, and reason) the fuel tank ''does'' explode, the result is rarely the spectacular car-flipping fireball that Hollywood promises. promises. An ordinary passenger car's gas tank with unleaded gasoline will produce a "POP" and a quick (and anticlimactic) flash of flames underneath the vehicle with all four tires remaining firmly planted on the ground, though the resulting fire may consume the vehicle pretty quickly. quickly. Diesel pretty much won't blow at all unless you light a fire under it and keep it burning until it causes a BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion), which will take a while to accomplish. accomplish. Jet fuel's extremely-high ignition temperature causes it to behave a lot like diesel. diesel. Avgas (aviation gasoline, the super-high-octane blend used in piston-engined aircraft can blow up like this (with a very Hollywoodish fireball), which is why airplanes since the 1920s have things like self-sealing fuel tanks and inert-gas-pressurization for their tanks.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Sniper Elite V2}}'', you can cause enemy trucks and tanks to explode by sniping the caps on their fuel tanks; it's pretty much the ''only'' way to defeat a tank. As with the San Andreas example, this is despite the fact that you can very clearly see the entire fuel tank on all these vehicles, though in this case the fuel tanks in question all seem to be made of metal thick enough for bullets to bounce off harmlessly. It's also how [[spoiler:Karl destroys the last V2 rocket. You even have to wait for the enemies to finish fueling it, because only a full tank will create an explosion big enough to wipe out every last trace of the deadly chemical agent it's carrying.]]

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* In both ''VideoGame/{{Sniper Elite V2}}'', V2}}'' and the original game, you can cause enemy trucks and tanks to explode by sniping the caps on their fuel tanks; it's pretty much the ''only'' way to defeat a tank. As with the San Andreas example, this is despite the fact that you can very clearly see the entire fuel tank on all these vehicles, though in this case the fuel tanks in question all seem to be made of metal thick enough for bullets to bounce off harmlessly. It's also how [[spoiler:Karl destroys the last V2 rocket. You even have to wait for the enemies to finish fueling it, because only a full tank will create an explosion big enough to wipe out every last trace of the deadly chemical agent it's carrying.]]



* ''VideoGame/MadMax'' uses this as a gameplay mechanic. Pulling your shotgun on an enemy vehicle is a good way to destroy it more easily. Helps that most vehicles have very exposed fuel tanks. The only real drawback is that shotgun ammo is hard enough to come by until you develop ammo benches for strongholds and have a bandolier large enough to carry more rounds.

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* ''VideoGame/MadMax'' uses this as a gameplay mechanic. Pulling your shotgun on an enemy vehicle is a good way to destroy it more easily. Helps that most vehicles have very exposed fuel tanks. The only real drawback is that shotgun ammo is hard enough to come by until you develop ammo benches for strongholds and have a bandolier large enough to carry more rounds. It may be justified to some extent in this case, as the post-apocalypse vehicles are running on very crudely-refined "guzzoline," which might be closer to avgas than unleaded.
6th Apr '16 3:13:37 PM YT45
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This myth was [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters busted]] by ''Series/MythBusters'' as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4n--xOOoWE they proved]] that in most cases it simply will not work. A real life fuel tank explosion was only possible when they used a ''[[GatlingGood minigun]]'' armed with [[IncendiaryExponent incendiary rounds]] which, suffice to say, is generally unlikely. Besides, if you have a minigun then you're not going to need to shoot the fuel tank anyway.

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This myth was [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythBusters busted]] by ''Series/MythBusters'' as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4n--xOOoWE they proved]] that in most cases it simply will not work. A real life fuel tank explosion was only possible when they used a ''[[GatlingGood minigun]]'' armed with [[IncendiaryExponent incendiary rounds]] which, suffice to say, is generally unlikely. Besides, if you have a minigun then you're not going to need to shoot the fuel tank anyway.
anyway. Even if (against all odds, logic, and reason) the fuel tank ''does'' explode, the result is rarely the spectacular car-flipping fireball that Hollywood promises. An ordinary passenger car's gas tank with unleaded gasoline will produce a "POP" and a quick (and anticlimactic) flash of flames underneath the vehicle with all four tires remaining firmly planted on the ground, though the resulting fire may consume the vehicle pretty quickly. Diesel pretty much won't blow at all unless you light a fire under it and keep it burning until it causes a BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion), which will take a while to accomplish. Jet fuel's extremely-high ignition temperature causes it to behave a lot like diesel. Avgas (aviation gasoline, the super-high-octane blend used in piston-engined aircraft can blow up like this (with a very Hollywoodish fireball), which is why airplanes since the 1920s have things like self-sealing fuel tanks and inert-gas-pressurization for their tanks.
16th Mar '16 9:00:46 PM Saber15
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* ''VideoGame/FromTheDepths'': Hits to the fuel tank often result in an explosion that damages surrounding blocks and depriving the target vehicle of its fuel reserves to keep the engine running.

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* ''VideoGame/FromTheDepths'': Hits to In ''Videogame/FromTheDepths'', fuel tanks will explode when destroyed, though the primary advantage of attacking fuel tank often result in an is to cause the enemy to run out of fuel and lose power rather than for the explosion that damages surrounding blocks and depriving itself, which is fairly weak compared to an ammunition explosion. On the target vehicle of its other hand, mobile fuel reserves refineries go off like a bomb when damaged, tipped over, or allowed to keep the engine running.generate excessive dangerous gas byproducts.
28th Jan '16 1:53:59 AM DeepRed
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* Played straight in the 1976 poliziotteschi (Italo-crime) film ''"[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0179901/combined Italia a mano armata]]"'', even though it takes 7 bullets to make it happen.
3rd Jan '16 7:13:30 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ''VideoGame/MadMax'' uses this as a gameplay mechanic. Pulling your shotgun on an enemy vehicle is a good way to destroy it more easily. Helps that most vehicles have very exposed fuel tanks. The only real drawback is that shotgun ammo is hard enough to come by until you develop ammo benches for strongholds and have a bandolier large enough to carry more rounds.
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