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December 21, 1994

Release # 95-052
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC & The Wild Goose Co. Recall Science Kit For Fire Hazard

Washington, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Wild Goose Company of Salt Lake City, Utah, is voluntarily recalling about 5,100 "Professor Wacko's Exothermic Exuberance" chemistry kits. The chemistry kits, marketed for children ages 10 and older, demonstrate how heat and fire are generated through a chemical reaction.

The kit contains (2) two-ounce bottles of glycerine and potassium permanganate. The bottles are identical, except for their labels and contents. If after use, a child or adult inadvertently switches the bottle caps, causing small portions of the chemicals to mix, an unexpected fire may result. CPSC is aware of at least two house fires that reportedly resulted from the above scenario. In addition, the kit does not have adequate warnings and directions for safe use.

Exothermic Exuberance kits, manufactured by Wild Goose and also distributed by Carson-Dellosa Publishing of Greensboro, N.C., sold for about $6.00 each at school supply stores and at Natural Wonders stores nationwide from September 1993 through February 1994.

Consumers should discontinue using The Professor Wacko's Exothermic Exuberance kits immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers can also contact the Wild Goose Company at (800) 373-1498 for instructions on returning the product by mail for a full refund including postage.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to