A 57-year-old Hamilton man has been charged after a bizarre traffic stop involving a lighter and a gas can.

Members of the Hamilton Police ACTION team stopped a car at Cannon and Steven Streets around 5:45 p.m. on June 11. They stopped the car after citizen reported that a man was driving with a flat tire and apparent damage from an accident.

Officers found that the driver was unlicensed and the vehicle plates unauthorized, police say. As the man was arrested, his "behaviour and comments became increasingly hostile toward police," Hamilton Police Service said in a media release.

When the driver was released with a number of provincial offences, he grabbed a gas can from his vehicle and tried to ignite it with a lighter, police say. Officers saw gas outside of the nozzle ignite but there was no combustion.

As police arrested the man, he "became enraged and threatened to kill the officers, as well as the witnesses involved in the matter," police say.

No one was injured.

The man was held for a bail hearing. He is charged with mischief endangering a life and five counts of threatening death.