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Georgia man flicked lighter near gas tank, setting wife ablaze, officials say

Special to SEGAZINE

A Georgia man was arrested after he flicked his cigarette lighter near the gas tank of his truck and touched off an explosion and fire that left his wife with second- and third-degree burns to her head, arms and legs, authorities said.

The man, Austin Dawkins, 37, was captured in surveillance video on Oct. 16 at a gas station in the town of Clarksville, about 85 miles outside Atlanta.

He was charged with reckless conduct and could face a year in prison.In the video, released Monday by the state fire commissioner’s office, Dawkins is gassing up the truck when his wife, identified by authorities as Jessica Dawkins, walks over to talk to him.

via NBC News

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