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Trick-or-treating lanterns recalled for burn hazard

Oct 28, 2010 6:53:00 PM - thestate.com
Carrying a flashlight and wearing light colored cloths is an important safety rule for trick-or-treaters and their adult guardians. Some families will have to find a different source for their kid's safety lights if they bought one of three lanterns sold at Dollar Tree stores this year.

Dollar Tree discount stores are recalling more than half-a-million Halloween lanterns that were sold from August through October this year.

According to the U.S.Consumer Product Safety Commission, the bulb in the lanterns (pictured to the left) "can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards." Dollar Tree reported one customer complaint of an overheating bulb but said there had been no reported injuries.

Manufactured in China, the lanterns were sold for about $1. They are designed to resemble a pumpkin, ghost and skull, stand about 6 1/2 inches tall and were sold in orange, white and black. Model number 954437-13096-003-1005 is printed on the bottom of the lanterns.

People who bought the lanterns are encouraged to taken them away from children "immediately," remove the batteries, and return the lanterns to the store where they were bought for a full refund.