The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of tea lights candles sold by The Sterno Group of Des Plaines, Ill.
The firm has received reports of wax in the 5-hour tea lights igniting, posing a serious fire hazard.
About 10,000 cases of 5-hour tea lights were imported from Thailand and sold to restaurants nationwide from April 2011 through October 2011 for between $36 and $50 per case.
They were not sold by retailers.
The recall involves Sterno Bulk Pack 5-hour tea lights, item numbers 505TL and 505S.
The tea lights are white wax tea light candles contained in small aluminum cups with no additional identification markings. They were sold in cases containing 500 tea light candles. Each case contains 10 boxes with 50 individual tea light candles.
Consumers were advised to stop using the candles and return any unused candles to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers can call 877-478-3766 for information.