Charlotte, MI asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Michigan

Q: Is it illegal to smoke in a vehicle next to an unused gas pump?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Michigan attorney would know best because local laws can vary by jurisdiction. But your question remains open for three weeks. In some jurisdictions, it's considered a misdemeanor. In other's, it's treated as a fire and safety violation, with the onus on the operator of the facility. In between, different jurisdictions could have their own means of treating it though penal codes, public safety laws, fire codes, or combinations thereof. Either way, it isn't advisable because of the volatility of gasoline vapors, regardless of what the law says.

Tim Akpinar

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