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April 27, 1999

Release # 99-101
CONTACT:Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Candles International Inc. Announce Recall of Candles

CPSC, Candles International Inc. Announce Recall of CandlesWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Candles International Inc., of Lynchburg, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 20,500 candles. The candles can burn with a high flame, presenting a potential fire hazard to consumers.

Candles International Inc. has received eight reports of these candles burning with a high flame, resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled candles come in galvanized steel, brass, and copper 13 or 23 ounce containers. A label on the bottom of the candle reads in part, "Old Virginia Candle Co...hand-crafted in the USA." Fragrances include cinnamon, french vanilla, lavender, mulberry, peach, strawberry, hollyberry, pine, bayberry, old time vanilla, evergreen, blueberry, gardens, sugar cookie, gingerbread and rum cake.

Gift and card stores nationwide sold the candles from July 1996 through April 1998 for between $14 and $18.

Consumers should stop using the recalled candles immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For additional information, consumers should call Candles International Inc. at (800) 827-2231 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Consumers also may write Candles International Inc. at 9817 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, Va. 24502, or visit the firm's web site at

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 report product hazards to