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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Potter County EMA Urges Caution With Propane Tanks

The Potter County EMA is advising listeners that propane tanks used for grills may be damaged by “meth” cooks.

The agency explains the illegal drug manufacturers are getting the propane tanks from the exchanges at Wal-Mart, Kroger, etc. and emptying them of the propane. Then, they are filling them with anhydrous ammonia. After they are finished with them, they return them to the store. They are then refilled with propane, returned to the store for consumers to buy.

Anhydrous ammonia is very corrosive and weakens the structure of the tank. It can be very dangerous when mixed with propane and hooked up to our grills, etc.

You should inspect the propane tank for any blue or greenish residue around the valve areas. If it is present, refuse to purchase that one. Check out the following website for more details. Go to this link to see pictures of anhydrous ammonia corroded brass valves._http://www.npga.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=529_

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