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February 9, 2000

Kerosene from Abbeville Georgia  Quick Stop Contaminated with Gasoline

May cause an explosion or fire if used

Abbeville, GA (SafetyAlerts) - The Georgia Department of Agriculture is warning consumers who purchased kerosene on or after January 28, 2000, from Shorty's Quick Stop #14 at the intersection of US Highways 129 and 280 in Abbeville, not to use the product in their kerosene heaters or lamps.

The kerosene is contaminated with gasoline and has the potential to cause an explosion or fire if used in home heaters or lamps.

Inspectors from the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Fuel & Measures Division discovered the contaminated product on a routine inspection of the store.  A ``stop-sale" order has been placed on the kerosene pump.  It will remain closed until a new shipment has been tested and approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

While it is not known how many consumers may have purchased the kerosene, approximately 120 gallons were sold according to store manager, Ms. Montaine Levford.

Consumers who have purchased any of the kerosene from Shorty's Quick Stop #14 should return it for reimbursement.

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