Since Friday, most of the pipeline, from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast, has been offline. The pipeline was shut down after a ransomware attack. On Wednesday, Colonial Pipeline restarted a large portion of the pipeline.
Officials are warning people not to pour gasoline into plastic bags and other containers not designed for gasoline storage. Gas can melt the plastic bags and damage skin if it comes into with it. Inhaling gas fumes also can damage the body.
On Wednesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission tweeted:
We know this sounds simple, but when people get desperate they stop thinking clearly. They take risks that can have deadly consequences. If you know someone who is thinking about bringing a container not meant for fuel to get gas, please let them know it’s dangerous.
The CPSC also tweeted:
- Don’t fill plastic bags with gasoline.
- Use only containers approved for fuel.
- Follow the gas canister manufacturer instructions for storing and transporting gasoline.