Cops issue tickets for use of illegal gas containers
Published 2:27 pm, Friday, November 9, 2012
The warning signs are everywhere -- at the pumps, on the station doors and even on the electronic notification signs on Interstate 95: Gasoline can be transported only in certified, vented containers.
That, however, hasn't stopped people in Fairfield from trying to fill up large barrels and buckets with gas, among them out-of-staters from New York and New Jersey, where gas has been in short supply since Storm Sandy.
On Wednesday, a 33-year-old New York woman, Shawna Paul, was issued a misdemeanor summons for pumping gas into a 5-gallon bucket at the Cumberland Farms gas station at Post and Beach roads. Cumberland Farms employees saw what Paul was doing, according to the report and called police. Officers at the scene said they found the woman had pumped $150 worth of gas into her vehicle and the bucket, which was filled to the top with the potentially explosive liquid. After she was ticketed, the gas was safely transferred into her car's gas tank, police said.
Another incident took place Monday at the Fairfield Shell station, 1139 Post Road, when a passerby called police to report that a man was pumping gas into large barrels. Officers found that the man, a New York resident, pumping the gas into three barrels, including one that held 55 gallons. He said the gas station attendant looked at the containers and said it was OK. Fire Department officials were called to the scene, who confirmed that the barrels were not approved containers.
The $400 worth of gasoline was emptied back into the station's tanks, and station employee Mohd Awawdeh, 36, of Norwich, was issued a summons by police.
Since Sandy hit, Fire Department officials have visited Fairfield gas stations to remind them of the rules regarding use of the approved gasoline containers.
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