Spectacular video shows quick-thinking man uses gas pump to stop a carjacking

Independencia, Chile - When a group of carjackers targeted a man filling his tank with gas, they probably didn't consider he would be brave enough to give them all a good spray down with fuel.

A man in Independencia, Chile was filling up his gar when he has to turn the running gas hose on a car-jacker.
A man in Independencia, Chile was filling up his gar when he has to turn the running gas hose on a car-jacker.  © collage/screenshots/twitter/Amigopenquista

One Chilean man's street smarts and quick thinking saved his car, and likely himself, from four would-be carjackers recently.

In a video captured on gas station security cameras in the town of Independencia and shared by Chilean news agency, Cooperativa, a man was filling up his white sedan at a gas pump when he had to take action.

In the first few seconds of the video, the man seems pretty aware of his surroundings, focusing his attention on something out of the camera frame.

Car owner captures incredible moment when his vehicle vanishies into into a huge sinkhole!
Cars Car owner captures incredible moment when his vehicle vanishies into into a huge sinkhole!

Suddenly, from that direction comes a white industrial van, which skids to a stop just inches from the man's' bumper. The doors open and three men with their hoods up jump out and run around his vehicle towards him.

Before the criminals even get out of their van, the man pulls the still-running gas hose out of his car and aims it at the closest attacker. The assailant scrambles back towards the safety of the van, and another one comes around the side of the car only to get soaked in gas himself.

Not caring if his car gets doused, the man sprays the gas over his vehicle to reach the third, who was trying to get back into the sliding door of the van. He makes sure the van's interior gets a thorough soaking as well.

There were three assailants and a driver in the getaway van. Quick thinking saved this man's car and likely his life.
There were three assailants and a driver in the getaway van. Quick thinking saved this man's car and likely his life.  © screenshots/twitter/Amigopenquista

Had it just been water, it probably wouldn't have deterred the attackers much, but knowing his life was in danger, the man's brilliant decision probably shocked the attackers and completely threw them off their stride.

Cover photo: collage/screenshots/twitter/Amigopenquista

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