What was Dennis Alvarto thinking? In a post 9–11 world and with the United States in a heightened state of awareness following the terrorism events transpiring in England, 35 year old Dennis Alvarto decided to illegally sell gas when his vehicle caught fire. Shades of burning cars in front of airports. As it turns out, it was not terrorism, just stupidity.
A Mexican man sparked fears of terrorism in Brooklyn last night when his minivan containing a tank with 80 gallons of gasoline caught fire, cops said.
Dennis Alvareto, 35, was illegally reselling the gas out of his 350-gallon capacity van on McDonald Avenue near Avenue C in Kensington – almost directly in front of a Yeshiva and near a Mosque – when the fuel pump ignited at about 8:50 p.m., they said.
He yanked the hose out of the tank and drove away, then returned to put out the burning hose with a bucket of water, witnesses said. (NY POST)