The Colonial Pipeline is slowly starting to reopen after being closed for six days due to a ransomware attack. The attack led to panic-buying and hoarding of gasoline.
Local officials are concerned and issuing new warnings for panic-buyers.
As people race to the gas station to fill up their tanks, some people are preparing for potential fuel outages by stocking up on gasoline. Some are even filling up multiple gas cans at a time and storing them at home.
Fire officials are warning the public of the dangers this presents.
Henderson Fire Chief Scott Foreman tells 44News, “This shouldn’t be in your house. It shouldn’t be in your basement. It really shouldn’t be in your attached garage.”
They say the gasoline fumes alone are enough to kill a person. “Gasoline is very, very dangerous. Even a cup of gasoline can be as dangerous as sticks of dynamite,” says Chief Foreman.
Fire officials are also reminding the public that they aren’t the only ones who use that gasoline. “Our vehicles take the same type of fuel that people use. If we don’t have fuel to put in our vehicles then we’re in trouble.”
If you do intend on storing gasoline at home, fire officials recommend keeping 5 gallons or less at least 20-50 feet away from your house.
Pipeline operators are warning it will take several days for service to return to normal.