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SUITLAND, MD - FEBRUARY 11: Icicles hang on a resturaunt on February 11, 2010 in Suitland, Maryland. Suitland was hit with a second snow storm in a week leaving a foot of snow and causing widespread power outages. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

If you encounter a particularly rough patch of ice or snow while shoveling this winter, don’t reach for a can of gasoline like a Midland Park New Jersey man did this past Friday, police say.

Police and firefighters responded to the man’s home on Paterson Avenue where he had set a small fire to try to melt the snow and ice. Once the fire department arrived, they called in the Bergen County Hazmat Unit, who used the Speedy Dry to sop up the gas.

The man, whom police would not name, had poured about a half-gallon of gasoline on a gravelly 2-foot by 2-foot square section of his backyard.

“He thought a good idea would be to dump some gasoline on and light it on fire,” police Lt. John Gibbons told NJ Advance Media.