A US safety agency is warning people not to fill up plastic bags with gasoline as states report fuel shortages

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A woman fills her vehicle with gasoline. AP Images
  • The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday people should not fill plastic bags with gasoline.
  • In a Twitter thread Wednesday, the agency shared tips amid a gasoline shortage in the US east and south.
  • The shortage was caused by a ransomware attack by a group called DarkSide.
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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday gave some common-sense advice about what people should use to store gasoline amid a fuel shortage impacting the south and east coast.

“Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline,” the agency said in a tweet.

In subsequent posts, the agency shared tips for how people can store gasoline safely using “containers approved for fuel.”

A gasoline shortage caused by a ransomware attack is impacting people in the eastern and southern parts of the US, causing stations to hike prices and run out of fuel entirely.

-US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) May 12, 2021

Colonial Pipeline, the largest refined fuel pipeline operator in the US, shut down 8,851km of pipeline Friday night after it had been the victim of a ransomware attack by a group known as DarkSide. The company said it hopes to have service restored by the end of this week.

The governors of Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, a Georgia have declared states of emergency due to the shortage.