Higher Prices Greet Drivers at the Pump as Memorial Day Holiday Looms

By Kurt Stolz on 16 May 2021
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Woman Sets Herself on Fire Hoarding Fuel in Pontiac

The Memorial Day holiday weekend may be two weeks away, but vaccinated Americans hoping to get an early start on the holiday or just get away for the weekend may be in for a surprise at the pump.

The price of a gallon of regular gasoline hit its highest level in over six years, as demand climbed and supply plummeted amidst a ransomware attack that forced a major East Coast pipeline to shut down one week ago.

The average price for a gallon of gas was $3.02, according to the American Automobile Association.

The shortage of fuel was particularly prominent in the Southeast.  Over 60% of filling stations in North Carolina were out of gas as of Friday morning, according to GasBuddy, a website that tracks such information. Meanwhile, half of the gas stations in Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia were out as well.

Gas lines were common at those stations that had fuel and officials urged motorists not to fill containers not designed for fuel with gasoline.  A South Carolina woman inadvertently set herself on fire after crashing her 2007 Pontiac G6 as a sheriff’s deputy tried to stop her for driving with a stolen license plate, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said. The woman exited the vehicle in flames and the deputy pushed her down onto the ground to extinguish the fire. The woman later said had “several” fuel containers of fuel in the trunk.

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