For years I have been under the impression that it's illegal to use a cell phone while you're at the gas station filling up your car with gas. But is it really true?

I was always under the impression that there was a risk of fires if you were on your cell phone as you pumped your car full of gas.

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So the warnings started shortly after Americans really started carrying around their cell phones in 1999. It started on the internet naturally, where so many rumors happen, according to

They said the incidents occurred overseas where victims were severely burned by using a cell phone at a gas station. However, none of those reports were ever confirmed, says.

In fact, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) says there's no evidence of that being a legitimate risk. "It may be theoretically possible for a spark from a cell phone battery to ignite gas vapor," they say.

However, it's been explored by many like The Discovery Channel's Mythbusters who experimented with it, and they did not start a fire.

So, wait, why are there all of those signs on the gas pumps that say "cell phone use not permitted" if it's not actually dangerous?

Well, it's really that it's a major distraction. It's important to focus on the task at hand when dealing with gasoline. A distracted motorist may not pay attention to a warning on the pump or runs another risk, Readers Digest, via, reports.

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