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On Monday, a huge gas leak injured at least three workers in Anderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the gas leak happened at a distribution center. Apparently, work crews were performing routine maintenance on a 27-inch main distribution line when it burst. Gas was reportedly shooting more than 100 feet in the air. Three workers were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Emergency responders were swiftly on the scene pouring a foam blanket over the area. Thankfully, they were able to prevent the further danger of a possible explosion. Anderson County citizens within a half mile of the leak were asked to take shelter in place while first responders contained the situation.

The Dangers of Gas Leaks and Explosions

Gas leaks and explosions can be incredibly dangerous and even fatal for victims. Severe burn injuries are often associated with gas explosions. The volatile gas can quickly ignite and explode. Deadly explosions can even happen in conditions when very little gasoline is involved. Not much information has been released on how the 27-inch gas main burst. The incident may still be under investigation. Anytime a gas main breaks, especially one that shoots gas 100 feet in the air, there is a potential for devastating and catastrophic injuries. Thankfully, first responders were able to contain the leak before an explosion happened.

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Halloween Flashlight with Stencil.jpgHalloween Flashlight 3 Pack.jpgASHEVILLE, N.C. – The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of over 600,000 Halloween Flashlights that have been sold by big box giant Target. There have been several reported incidents where the flashlights overheated to the point that they melted, and in one instance caused severe burns to a child’s hand.

The recall involves two types of flashlights: a 3 pack of mini flashlights and a regular size flashlight that comes with six Halloween stencils. The mini flashlights have a key ring attached to the bottom of each flashlight and come in a package of 3. The standard sized flashlights come with a black handle with an orange top, and these come with six stencils in various Halloween colors of a pumpkin, ghost, spider, cat, witch, and skull & cross-bones.

These dangerous flashlights were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from August, 2009 through September, 2009 for $1 for the mini flashlights and $2.50 for the flashlights with stencils. Target imported the flashlights from China.

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