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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 player can use 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.

The Jerry Can will blow up when shot at and when being set on fire while holding it. (If it's not empty), and can take half of the player's health when they are near it. The Jerry Can's only use is for setting alight cars and people, and cannot be used to refuel cars. It Can cannot be used blow up electric cars (e.g. the Voltic).

In the enhanced version, when pouring the Jerry Can in the same spot for more than 2 seconds, a larger puddle of fuel will appear, and is more flammable.


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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It's possible that the Jerry Can was inspired by Postal 2's gasoline can. In the game, players are able to make trails of gasoline with it, and you can also set them on fire.


  • In GTA Online, this explosion pushes players in Passive Mode, while any other explosive weapons doesn't.
  • 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). 
  • 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.
  • Using all of its fuel is not possibly visible, as after 50%, the trail starts to disappear from the start. [citation/verification needed]
  • A burnout with any cars or bikes on a gasoline puddle or trail will set the gasoline on fire.
  • If a player is killed while holding a Jerry Can, and it is shot and destroyed before that player respawns, they will respawn with the can, but with no ammunition for it.


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