Man bursts into flames after drinking gasoline
HAVELOCK, N.C. - A North Carolina man is dead after he accidentally drank a jar of gasoline and then smoked a cigarette.
Havelock police said 43-year-old Gary Allen Banning died this morning after he accidentally set himself on fire Monday.
He was at a friend's apartment where he mistakenly took a gulp of gasoline from a jar by the kitchen sink.
Banning apparently wasn't aware gasoline was in the jar which he thought was a beverage.
After he took a gulp, he spit the gasoline out of his mouth which landed on his clothes.
Sometime later, investigators said Banning went outside to smoke a cigarette and that's when his clothes burst into flames.
Police and fire officials are continuing their investigation into Banning's death.