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04/17/2012 01:05 pm ET

Gas Station Explosion Started By Man Who Backed Into Pump & Drove Away (VIDEO)

It's like a scene from an action film. Depicted in the CBS video above, a man backed into a gas pump at a 76 station in San Bernardino and caused a terrifying explosion.

Perhaps his reaction is the most shocking. After almost hitting a man and having the back end of his car burst into flames, he simply drove away.

Meanwhile, as captured by the station's several cameras, other customers panic and run, including one person who was actually filling up at the pump that caught fire.

One man pushed a young child to safety, removed the pump from his car and ran. The man later returned to ask for a refund.

The gas station owner, Anil Kumar, told CBS, “I’ve been here for 33 years and this is the first time I’ve seen something like this in my life. I don’t think he was very responsible, you know, if he did that at least he should stay."

The hit-and-run driver, Philip McCowan, was later found by police when he called the paramedics for a gash in his leg from the incident.

McCown told KCAL9, “I’d like to tell him I’m sorry for what happened, you know, my gas pedal got stuck so I couldn’t stop the car…and that was it. But I want to apologize to that man [the owner]."

In response to witnesses who said he appeared "disoriented" at the time, McCowan said, "Yeah, I had a couple of beers…about an hour and a half [before the crash]."

McCowan could face felony hit-and-run charges.

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