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12/12/2013 11:04 GMT | Updated 12/12/2013 11:24 GMT

Cigarette Smoking 'Thief' Sets Fire To Self And Cars While Stealing Fuel (VIDEO)

A man who was allegedly trying to steal fuel from parked cars while smoking a cigarette set himself and a number of vehicles on fire, police say.

The man is believed to have been attempting to siphon petrol from a vehicle in a private car park in Millicent, southern Australia, when he lit a cigarette.

Predictably, naked flame + fuel = bad news.

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Don't try this at home: CCTV footage of the unfortunate episode

CCTV footage published on Adelaide Now shows how that little episode turned out.

Police were called to the garage and found a man with burns to his legs and arms.

Car park owner Angus McDonald told Channel Ten Eyewitness News: “We were just so lucky. He was trying to get the fuel out of the car by punching a hole in the tank – that’s when the explosion happened.

“There’s about $110,000 worth of cars that have been lost and there’s a bit of damage to the walls. We were very lucky the workshop didn’t catch fire because there’s cars just over the other side of the wall.”

A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with arson and illegal interference with a motor vehicle.

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