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HDNet's 'Dan Rather Reports' Investigates Exploding Consumer Gas Cans.

Investigative report details how a small safety device - which manufacturers will not install - could make the cans safer

DALLAS, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Next Tuesday's "Dan Rather Reports" investigates a product that's in homes across America and could be deadly -- the red plastic gas containers sold by retail giants like Wal-Mart. But some experts say consumer gasoline cans are ticking time bombs that can unexpectedly explode.


One of the main selling points of these gas cans is the price. The cans sell for between two and fifteen dollars. But not included in the cans is a safety device that, critics say, would cost less than a dollar to manufacture and install. Without the safety device -- called a flame arrestor, the cans are susceptible to explosion, according to attorneys representing victims of gas can fires.

"It is an incredibly serious problem," says Diane Breneman, attorney for several of the burn victims. "And it's not just serious because of numbers, but it is serious because of the extent of the injuries. These injuries are the single most devastating injuries that you can imagine a human being could suffer," she says.

Meanwhile an attorney for the top manufacturer of gas cans in the United States says the cans aren't defective.

"The gasoline containers are made in the safest manner possible, even understanding the potential misuse of gasoline to start or accelerate a fire," says David Jones, an attorney for Blitz USA in Miami, Oklahoma. "There's no design modification that would make this container any safer than it is right now."

Wal-Mart, a major seller of the gas cans, says the containers are not a defective product. But an in-house video presentation obtained by "Dan Rather Reports" could suggest otherwise.

"Dan Rather Reports: A Sudden Explosion" premieres on HDNet, Tuesday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET with a re-air at 11:00 p.m. ET to accommodate West Coast Prime Time.

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HDNet is your exclusive, high definition home for popular, critically acclaimed original programming, including television's only HD news feature programs "HDNet World Report." "Dan Rather Reports" featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather and "NASA on HDNet" (presenting live shuttle launches through 2010). HDNet presents championship sports coverage featuring the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, the NASCAR Camping World Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup re-broadcasts, boxing and premiere Mixed Martial Arts from "HDNet Fights;" behind-the-scenes sports news with "Inside the NHL" and "Inside MMA;" groundbreaking music programming with the HDNet Concert Series featuring leading artists and bands including Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, Black Eyed Peas and more; entertaining and irreverent lifestyle programming including "Deadline!," "Art Mann Presents," and "Get Out!" HDNet is also the exclusive high definition home to the critically acclaimed and award winning programs such as the Emmy Award winning "Arrested Development," "The Black Donnellys," "Star Trek: Enterprise," "Dead Like Me," "Smallville" and the hit BBC series "Torchwood."

HDNet Movies features a wide selection of major studio theatrical releases -- all uncut, unedited, and appearing in their original aspect ratio so that HDNet Movies viewers get the best possible home theater experience.

Only HDNet Movies' exclusive "Sneak Previews" bring feature films to viewers before they premiere in theaters! Some of the HDNet Movies "Sneak Previews" have included the Academy Award nominated "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," Toronto Film Festival nominee "The War Within," and "Bubble," the first of six movies by acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh and produced exclusively for HDNet Films. Other featured films include "Cashback," written and produced by Sean Ellis, "Broken English," from Zoe Cassavetes, starring Gena Rowlands, Parker Posey, Drea de Matteo and Griffin Dunne, the critically acclaimed "Redacted" directed by Brian De Palma and, most recently and "Flawless", starring Michael Caine and Demi Moore. Upcoming "Sneak Previews" include "Quid Pro Quo," starring Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga, and "Gonzo," the story of the life and death of infamous gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson from director Alex Gibney and producer Graydon Carter.

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