On Sunday, outside of Dongying city in Shandong province, a villager was seen riding her electric scooter home, hauling behind her a 6-meter-long plastic bag filled up with natural gas. Obviously, other motorists kept their distance.
While it may seem that transporting highly-flammable substances across bumpy backroads inside glorified garbage bags is incredibly dangerous and eventually natural selection would run its course, it has actually become a fairly widespread practice in rural Shandong as a way to save some money on cooking with thrifty villagers collecting gas illegally from tanks and then beginning their perilous trip home for lunch.
In case you were also thinking of cutting some costs this way, here is a employee at a local gas corporation to tell you why you shouldn’t: “The natural gas could leak from the plastic bags when villagers carrying them back home. Any nearby spark caused by static could cause a gas explosion.”
If we are ever going to see the end of this incredibly dangerous practice, Shandong village officials really have to start cracking down on the illicit trade in 6-meter-long plastic bags.
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