More Than 55,000 Propane Cylinders Recalled Because Of Possible Ruptures


UPDATED: Friday June 14, 2013 11:46 AM

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued an emergency recall of some propane cylinders manufactured by The Lite cylinder Company.

According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, more than 55,000 of the propane cylinders could leak flammable gas or suddenly rupture.

The emergency recall was issued after a PHMSA investigation of Lite Cylinder of Franklin, Tenn., revealed unsafe conditions and practices, the Department of Commerce reported.

The emergency order mandated more than 55,000 two-piece fully wrapped fiber composite cylinders be removed from service.

The cylinders are commonly used as portable fuel tanks for liquefied petroleum.

The PHMSA said that anyone who has one of the cylinders should do the following:

*         Stop using them,

*         Safely disconnect them once the valves are closed,

*         Store them in a space that is well ventilated and not enclosed,

*         Protect them from heat,

*         Call the Hazmat Info Center at 1-800-467-4922.

The affected cylinders are marked with the following numbers: M5729, DOT-2P 14562, DOT-SP 13957, DOT-SP 13105. The cylinders affected were manufactured only by the Lite Company.

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