Kerosene sold at Martinez store might contain gasoline

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 9:53 AM
Last updated 8:30 PM
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Contaminated kerosene sold by a Martinez convenience story could cause an explosion if used, state officials warned Wednesday.

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Kerosene bought on or after March 31 from Sprint Foods, 424 South Belair Road, might have been contaminated with gasoline and should not be used in kerosene lamps or heaters, according to a news release from Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Fuel and Measures Division has placed a “stop sell” order on the kerosene pump at the store, according to the release. The pump will remain closed until the tank and lines have been cleaned and a new shipment has been tested and approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. No other stations are involved, the release said.

Consumers who purchased kerosene from the Sprint Foods store on or after March 31 can contact the store at (706) 863-5883 or the Agriculture Department’s Fuel and Measures Division at (404) 656-3605 for more information.

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itsanotherday1 04/03/13 - 10:55 am
Isn't this at least the third

Isn't this at least the third incident of this happening in the area? What gives?

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 04/03/13 - 02:02 pm

It would make this story so much more complete if they told us how the Dept. of Agriculture came to discover the contaminated kerosene and how they were able to pinpoint that the contamination began on March 31. But that would take a trained reporter and not just a news release.

Darby 04/03/13 - 07:05 pm
I know that this is gonna sound...

crazy, but when I was just a sprout, my mom would sometimes give me (my brother and sister too) a spoonful of sugar mixed with a little kerosene for whatever ailed us at the time.

Now, I'm wondering if there was any reason for it, or was it just one of those "back in the day" kind of things?

Think I'll Google it and see if anyone else has a similar experience.

Darby 04/03/13 - 07:16 pm
Okay - I checked...

I guess my mom was not a witch doctor. The sugar and kerosene remedy was apparently commonplace back then when I was a kid and dinosaurs roamed the earth.

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