Pirate costumes seized due to high lead levels

Posted at 6:25 AM, Oct 16, 2012

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — Authorities have seized more than 1,000 pirate costumes made in China and destined for sale in Washington state because they contained high levels of lead, officials said.

Shipments worth $10,000 were destined to a distributor in Seattle when they were seized by U.S. customs officials.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission found the costumes contained more than 11 times the allowable level of lead.

Officials did not specify when the seizures occurred but said the tainted products will be destroyed.