More than 55,000 propane cylinders with emergency recall orders carry a risk of leaking flammable gas or rupturing without warning, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced Friday.
The defective cylinders, which usually serve as portable fuel tanks for liquefied petroleum gas, came from Lite Cylinder of Franklin, Tenn. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration found “unsafe conditions and practices” at the facility and terminated the company’s authority to manufacture the cylinders.
The PHMSA advises anyone with one of the two-piece, fiber composite cylinders to cease using it, close the valves, disconnect it, store it in a well-ventilated space away from heat or flames and call the Hazmat Info Center at 1-800-467-4922. Attempts to empty the cylinder or remove the valve may lead to serious injury or death, said State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers.
Recalled cylinders may have the markings H706, M5729, DOT-SP 14562, DOT-SP 13957, and DOT-SP 13105.
One of the DOT-SP 14562 cylinders ruptured in New Jersey, damaging a gas grill because of a flaw in the seam, according to the PHMSA.
Because the manufacturer was shut down, cylinders cannot yet be returned. The Hazmat Information Center will release details on disposing of the cylinders on Monday.
By Kevin O'Donnell - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)
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