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Jerry Can
Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto Online
Weapon type: Thrown
Damage: Low
Weight: Not Applicable
Ammunition capacity: 1 (of 100%)
Available from: Ammunation or Gas Stations
Price: $25
Unlocked After: Crystal Maze (GTA V)

The Jerry Can is an item and a weapon in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


The Jerry Can is a red 2.5 gallon petrol can that the three protagonists and the GTA Online Protagonist are able to pour out, creating pools and trails of petrol. The petrol can be ignited to engulf nearby objects including cars and NPCs. A trail can be ignited in many different ways, including shooting it and burning out with a car on the gas trail.



  • Inscriptions on the Jerry Can are „Kraftstoff 20L - Feuergefährlich – 1939“, German for "Flammable fuel, 20L, 1939". Historically, Jerry Cans were first used during the Blitzkrieg at the beginning of WWII, to refuel Panzers quickly. However this Jerry Can may simply reuse the design of an original one, since it holds 10 liters (2.5 gallons) instead of 20 as inscribed.
  • Shooting a dropped Jerry Can makes it explode if it's not empty. In GTA Online, this explosion pushes players in Passive Mode, while any other explosive weapon doesn't.
  • It is categorised as a Thrown weapon, despite the fact that this is not how it is used.
  • Being set on fire while holding the Jerry Can will make it explode.
  • In the beta version of the game, the Jerry Can had a greenish-gray (possibly camo) color (as seen in the screenshot below), implying that the Jerry Can was made for military purposes, instead of being civilian, or there are 2 paint schemes (like weapon's tints in Ammu-Nation). 
  • This version of the Jerry Can obviously has German origin. However, the design is similar to the American version (which is almost a direct copy of the original German version)
  • The "Jerry" Can is so named because the term "Jerry" is a derisive slang for a German Soldier coined by the American GI's during WW II. So it literally means "German Can". American first encountered the cans during the N. Africa campaign. Since the cans are much better than the obsolete American counterparts, the Americans quickly adapted and eventually produced their own versions.
  • The Jerry Can can't refill cars with gasoline.
  • Although Trevor is constantly seen in artworks holding a silver Zippo-styled lighter (along with the Jerry Can) in a pose implying the use of it to ignite the gasoline from the can, the player still has to use other methods to ignite the gas in the actual game, and the Zippo lighter is not seen in the game at all.
  • The Jerry Can cannot blow up electric cars (e.g. the Voltic).
  • It's possible that the Jerry Can was inspired by Postal 2's gasoline can. In the game, you are able to make trails of gasoline with it, and you can also set them on fire.
  • Even though fuel from the Jerry Can floats on water in real life and can burn on top of it, in game this doesn't happen, and instead it simply vanishes, therefore it is not possible to start a fire on top of water.
  • Using all of its fuel is not possibly visible, as after 50%, the trail starts to disappear from what you just did, to prove this, make a long line across tarmac, you will notice it will disappear at the start point eventually, so it is advised to use the fuel in bits.
  • If you shoot a RON tanker trailer, an infinite amount of fuel will leak from the tanker. You can then make unlimited fuel trails for free, the only thing you need being a tanker trailer.



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