mtremper May 14, 2007

I got this story from a friend of mine. It has an apocryphal ring to it. Can folks on the list offer any comments about the likelihood this is real? This is the sort of stuff that can serve as barriers to widespread adoption of CFLs.

Hi Mel, Did you hear the story, supposedly true as reported by several sources, about the lady in Ellsworth, ME who decided to use the new bulbs to save her some money in the long run. She was replacing a bulb and dropped one of the new ones onto the floor, and it broke. She said it smelled funny, so she called the local offices to check it out. They didn't know what to do, so they called the State environmental agency, and they didn't know what to do, so they called in the feds, who called in someone to do the clean-up, costing the lady $2,000.00 to have the house cleaned. Great bulbs!