(FiveNation.com)- This week’s shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline due to Russian hackers has caused a mad dash for gas from coast-to-coast.
Unsure how long the disruption in fuel might last, many Americans are arriving at gas stations with containers to stock up on gasoline in much the same way they did with toilet paper at the start of the COVID lockdowns.
After pictures emerged on social media of plastic garbage bags filled to bulging in the back of a vehicle, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission tweeted this warning:
“Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline.”
“Use only containers approved for fuel,” the US CPSC warned. “Follow the gas canister manufacturer instructions for storing and transporting gasoline.”
But because it’s the Government, the Consumer Product Safety Commission had to add these blazingly obvious instructions:
“When using a gas canister, never pour gasoline over or near an open flame.”
In case anyone was unclear that gasoline is flammable, the CPSC also included this helpful video:
Flame jetting is a sudden and possibly violent flash fire that can occur when pouring flammable liquids from a container over an exposed flame or other ignition source.
NEVER pour flammable liquids from a container over an exposed flame. pic.twitter.com/HoVuWf1gmt
— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) May 12, 2021
“We know this sounds simple,” they explain, “but when people get desperate they stop thinking clearly.”
Which could explain why Biden got elected.
The US Southeast was hit hard by the shutdown of Colonial Pipeline. As of Wednesday morning, gas station closures due to lack of supply has spread through Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
Meanwhile, the corporate media did its best to downplay the crisis. On Monday, the New York Times claimed that “there have been no long lines or major price hikes for gas” as a result of the shutdown. While the Times did remove this claim from their article, the accompanying tweet making the claim remains.
Colonial will not be paying the ransom the hackers demanded. Instead, they are working with a cybersecurity firm to restore data from backup systems and rebuild any systems where no backup exists.
As of late Wednesday, Colonial Pipeline had initiated a restart of supply, but it could take several days for deliveries to gas stations to return to normal.
In the meantime, don’t use plastic bags or pour gasoline near an open flame.