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30,000 table top torches are being recalled

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A table top "torch," or oil candle is being recalled. One Ladson woman knows first-hand just how dangerous this "torch" can be.

Debra Furman lives in Tall Pines, and she runs a peanut stand in Hanahan, called "Deb's Peanuts." About 2 weeks ago, she had a serious scare. "I lit it and had it burning and it blew up in my face."

She lit a "table top torch," that she purchased at Big Lots. "I had the candle burning right here, with this oil in it and I went to blow it out. And when I went to blow it out, this is where the wick wound up at." She pointed to a burned wick that was a few feet away from her off her back porch.

She says the wick popped right out of the torch and ended up several feet away. She says she suffered burns on her face from the hot oil that splashed out, "I had burns, 2nd degree burns to my nose, both sides of my nostrils, it burnt both of my lips, my eyebrows and my bangs."

Deb is not alone. The day before her accident, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall notice about these table torches. Big Lots has received at least 20 reports of the liquid erupting. One person was burned all over their body while attempting to put out the fire. They were made in India. 

"I'm extremely concerned that a child. Or someone else could be hurt or possibly killed with this product."

If you have one of these lamps, simply take it back to Big Lots for a full refund.  30,000 torch lamps are part of this recall, including both the 5 and 10 inch models.

You can learn more about the recall at the following link http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Big-Lots-Recalls-Tabletop-Torches/

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