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December 2, 1999

Kerosene May Be Contaminated with Gasoline In Richmond Hill, GA

Richmond Hill, GA (SafetyAlerts) - The Georgia Department of Agriculture is warning consumers who purchased kerosene on or after November 11, 1999, from Parker's #7, 7530 Highway 17, Richmond Hill, not to use the product in their kerosene heaters or lamps, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin.

The kerosene is possibly 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 200 gallons were sold according to the store's management. Consumers who have purchased any of the kerosene from Parker's #7 should return it for reimbursement.

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