Target stores recall birch bark candles

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:55 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Target Corp. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Birch and Bark Candles sold at Target stores from September 2004 through January 2005.

The birch bark surrounding the candles can ignite and pose a fire hazard. There have been 18 reports of the candles catching fire and five reports of property damage, according to a news release from the safety commission.

Target Corp. has sold about 230,000 of the cream-colored candles, which vary in size from 3-by-3 to 6-by-6 inches. Target sold the candles for $6 to $15.

Target spokeswoman Brie Heath said it is more than likely that the Target in Columbia sold the candles because every store in the nation made them available.

Consumers who return the candles can receive a gift card equivalent of $15 plus applicable state taxes.

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