Counterfeit smoke detectors recalled by Atlanta Fire Dept.

Authorities say there have been no reports on injuries due to the fake smoke alarms


ATLANTA — The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is recalling more than 18,000 smoke alarms, the department announced Thursday.

The department had distributed the smoke detectors to residents at no charge, but an investigation by the FBI and Underwriters Laboratories found the smoke alarms were counterfeit, according to CBS Atlanta.

The man who sold the 18,500 smoke alarms for the department denied there were any counterfeits.

An investigation revealed the man — described as a "career criminal" by CBS Atlanta — and his wife had previously served prison time for selling smoke alarms with counterfeit labels to the federal government.

Authorities say there have been no reports on injuries due to the fake smoke alarms and the department will replace them with authentic devices free of charge for residents.

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