A Coraopolis-based kerosene distributor has issued a broad recall after some of its product was tainted with gasoline. Using the contaminated kerosene could cause an explosion. Pittsburgh Terminals Corporation says anyone who has purchased kerosene since May 1st should return it to where they purchased it. The company also plans to set up reclamation centers to give customers another place to return the kerosene for a full refund. The recall affects customers in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and southwestern New York.
The contaminated kerosene was found at a kerosene supplier in Erie. Company spokesman Bob Post says he's not sure how it was detected or whether anyone was hurt. The problem was traced back to a malfunctioning valve, which has since been fixed. Pittsburgh Terminals has tested some supplies and found them to be safe, but Post says they're issuing a broad recall just in case. He says it's impossible to tell whether your kerosene is tainted just by smelling or looking at it.
Post says the company is especially concerned about getting the word out to the Amish, since they are less likely to get the message through the media.