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Gas shortage forces New Yorkers to drive to CT to fill up

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FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

New Yorkers have been driving to Fairfield County to stock up on gas all week because of the looming shortage and it is creating safety issues in Connecticut.

On Friday, New York began rationing gas allowing drivers to fill up every other day using the last number of their license plate.

"It's very bad down there," said Alex Perelman of Brooklyn about the wait for gas in New York. "There to four hours in the line. At the end, they have no gas."

Because of these restrictions and the three to four hour lines, people are coming to Connecticut to stock up, but that is causing some issues with safety.

"There could be an explosion in the vehicle, a fire in the vehicle," said Fairfield Police Lt. James Perez. "This is some serious hazardous stuff."

There's already been two people charged in Connecticut because they were trying to carry the gas back in illegal containers like a plastic bucket. The Fairfield Police Department has already had to ticket three people and a gas station clerk.

Fairfield and Milford police departments have reached out to gas stations reminding their owners to watch for people using the wrong containers because the wrong containers release fumes and that could be dangerous.

However, many New York residents are just happy to have gas.

"I can't do the three-hour lines," said Rhonda Thorne of Queens. "So I drove to CT to get gas...That's sad, right?"

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