Author Topic: Warning about Blue Rhino Propane exchange  (Read 5763 times)

Offline Pantheus

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1046
  • K6KLK
Warning about Blue Rhino Propane exchange
« on: June 19, 2008, 10:18:01 PM »
This appears to be fact and a potential problem.

Detective Dan Cafarelli
Fresno Police Department
Southeast Investigations
Office(559)621-5983
Cell   (559)907-7738
Fax   (559)454-2614
 
Email Dan.Cafarelli@Fresno.Gov

>>> Cindy Slaton 5/20/2008 6:38 AM >>>
 Had some good information passed onto me today.
 "There was a meth training/workshop yesterday and there was a lot of great new information presented.  I wanted to let you all know about one thing that I was not aware of.
 
Meth cooks 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 (which they now have a recipe for). After they are finished with them, they return them to the store.  They are then refilled with propane and sent back for you and me 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.
 
According to our presenter, 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. The information was researched, and you should check out the following website for more details.  They also have pictures you can show.
 http://www.npga.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=529
Cindy L. Slaton
CSOII
Cindy.Slaton@fresno.gov
Fresno Police Department
Crime View Unit
(559)341-9707 cell
K6KLK

In a world without walls and fences nobody needs Windows and Gates!
User #104362 since 02/99 with the Linux Counter, http://counter.li.org

Offline Pantheus

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1046
  • K6KLK
Re: Warning about Blue Rhino Propane exchange
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2008, 06:36:53 AM »
Following having mentioned this, I received a Private Message here from a Blue Rhino employee, offering "further information":

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20080623005174&newsLang=en

and

http://www.bluerhino.com/

both articles emphasizing "how careful they are in the re-filling", and neither denying the issue.

Ken
K6KLK

In a world without walls and fences nobody needs Windows and Gates!
User #104362 since 02/99 with the Linux Counter, http://counter.li.org