I’ve had two UH OH moments on the early ships.
The first - Don’t decompress the main cabin, compress the pilot cabin, then open the door.
The explosion reduced the ship to actual debris. There was NOTHING left.
Second (and this relates to your event) - I started cutting around a fuel pipe feeding the main engine. In the early ship, the tanks were drained.
Not on this one. You have to manual disengage the pump. Other wise, your laser cuts the fuel line, the line ignites and your face, ship and the continent of Europe is showered in space debris.