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Aerosol spray can used to clean and polish silver.
Containers & Packaging
Metal
Aerosol Containers (1133)
Connoisseurs Products Corp.    
Oneida Silver Polish Spray
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On 11 April 2011, an aerosol can of “Oneida Silver Polish Spray” literally exploded inside a cabinet in our laundry room. The exploding can blew the cabinet’s doors open and sprayed its toxic 1,1,1 - Trichloroethane contents in every direction. The can exploded with such force that it crushed an adjacent can of “Brasso” like it was a beer can. Had anyone been in the laundry room at the time, there is absolutely no question serious injury would have occurred. Damage was limited to permanent stains on cabinet doors, appliances, walls, and some clothing. Cleanup of that mess, to the extent possible, was also undoubtedly a somewhat hazardous undertaking.
This product is, or was, manufactured in the U.S. by Connoisseurs Products Corp. of Woburn, MA. They brand the product using the trademarked “Oneida” name under a license from Oneida, Ltd. in Oneida, NY. The can in question was admittedly old, perhaps 5 years or older, and the product appears to no longer be marketed by Connoisseurs. Nonetheless, post-explosion examination of the remains of the can revealed no obvious corrosion of any of its seams (it appeared to rupture along its vertical seam). At no time in its “life” was it ever exposed to heat or stored in any dangerous environment, e.g., above 120-degrees F (as the warning on the can states).
I have twice attempted to contact Connoisseurs via email simply to tell them of my experience with their product and to alert them to the possibility that thousands? tens-of-thousands? of such cans are likely still being used around the country---cans that are in essence ticking time bombs. Connoisseurs has never even acknowledged those contacts.
4/11/2011
Home/Apartment/Condominium 
Incident, No Injury
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I've contacted them but have obtained no response whatsoever.
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P4110142.JPG Exploded can; ripped open side seam

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