WASHINGTON (AP) _ Over 213,000 lighters are being recalled by the manufacturer. The lighters can leak butane when ignited, causing an excessive burst of flame.

Michael's Stores Inc. of Irving, Texas, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is recalling the lighters after 14 reports of excessive flame, including three reports of consumers whose hands were burned as a result.

The recalled all-purpose lighters are refillable and contain butane. They are about nine inches long and have a white plastic base. The lighters' handles are red, green or blue plastic with a black plastic trigger and on/off switch and a metal barrel.

A yellow label affixed to the handle reads in part, ``DANGER: EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE...MADE IN CHINA.''

The lighters were displayed in a cardboard display sleeve under the brand name Handy Home. The brand name is not on the lighter.

Michael's Stores nationwide sold the lighters from July 1998 through January of this year for about $2 apiece.

Consumers should stop using the lighters immediately and return them to any Michael's Store for a refund. For more information, contact Michael's Stores Inc. toll-free at (877) 562-3816 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.


On the Net: Michael's Store Web site: www.michaels.com

CPSC Web site: www.cpsc.gov