Car Careens Into Gas Station Pump, Igniting Fireball

"It's like something from the movies."

A driver lost control and slammed into an Anaheim gas station Friday, igniting a fireball that was caught on camera.

No one was injured in the crash at the Texaco station in the 1100 block of North Magnolia just after 8 p.m., according to the Anaheim Fire Department.

Surveillance cameras from the Texaco show the driver in the white sedan trying to make a U-turn, but he lost control, sending the car careening into a gas pump. The driver and his family escaped just as flames engulfed the pump and his car.

Just 50 feet away, Steven Lavallee happened to be face-timing with his sister when the gas pump lit up.

"It's like something from the movies," he said.

He continued to record despite the danger. Other bystanders yelled at him to get out of the way.

An emergency shut-off valve saved the gas station and customers from more danger. Workers shut off the gas within seconds.

Alcohol or drugs was not believed to be involved.

Police don't know what caused the driver to lose control of his car.

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