- The Washington Times - Friday, February 21, 2003

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) — Fireworks of Alabama Inc. of Adamsville, Ala., Friday recalled about 72,000 boxes of bamboo stick sparklers because the handles can catch fire, burn and disintegrate and emit burning fragments during use.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the company said they have received no reports of injury associated with the sparklers and were conducted the recall as a precautionary measure.

The recalled 7-inch sparklers are packaged in a multicolored cardboard box and sold with six sparklers per box.

They were sold by variety stores nationwide between June and December for about $2 a box.

Consumers are advised to stop using the sparklers immediately and return them to place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, call 800-289-5569.

In other action:

Playnation Play Systems of Kennesaw, Ga., recalled 1,400 "Fun Buckets," a vinyl bucket attached to a rope used to lift small items up to backyard play sets' forts, because the rope can become entangled around the child's neck, posing a strangulation hazard.

Playnation said it had received reports of two incidents involving 4 year olds. No injuries resulted. The CPSC said 135 children have died in the last 10 years from all types of ropes, leashes or jump ropes that were attached to backyard play sets.

The buckets were sold as an add-on option for backyard play sets. The 14-inch-deep buckets are either yellow or green vinyl and have a black nylon strap attached to a 6- to 8-foot rope.

Distributors of backyard play sets nationwide sold the fun buckets beginning in February 1998 for about $25.

Consumers are advised to take the buckets off immediately and return them to place of purchase for refund or credit toward another product. For more information call 770-792-9300 or visit the company's Web site, playset.com.

Barbara Lotts Cakes of Sylvester, Ga., recalled lemon, butter, sour cream, cream cheese, pineapple, banana, Sock it to Me and Kentucky pound cakes because they may contain nuts, eggs and FD&C; Yellow #5 not listed on the ingredient label.

The cakes were distributed in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to Bi Lo Food Chain, Premier Foods, Piggly Wiggly and Food Lion stores.

The cakes are packed in a plastic base and covered with a rigid plastic dome with a Barbara Lotts Cakes label on them. They will have a number in the top left hand corner, which will be 40, 41, 42.

The company said it had received no reports of illnesses associated with the cakes. The company blamed the label omissions on a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes.

Consumers may return the cakes for a full refund to place of purchase. For more information, call 229-776-5428.

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