Georgia Department of Agriculture

Ag Commissioner warns consumers kerosene sold at Harlem store possibly volatile and should not be used

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is warning consumers who purchased kerosene on or after Nov. 3 from the Pumpkin Center Store located at 1313 Appling Harlem Hwy. in Harlem not to use the product in their kerosene heaters or lamps.

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 at the store. 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. To date, no other stations are involved.

Consumers who purchased kerosene from the Pumpkin Center store on or after Nov. 3 may contact the store at 706-556-6149 for more information.

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