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Gas below $3 spotted at some Upstate stations

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A price of $2.99 per gallon is displayed on a sign at a Hot Spot gas station in Spartanburg. (Oct. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina) A price of $2.99 per gallon is displayed on a sign at a Hot Spot gas station in Spartanburg. (Oct. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Several people reported seeing gas prices below $3 per gallon at some Upstate gas stations on Wednesday, something drivers have gotten used to not seeing very often.

On Monday, price-tracking website GasBuddy.com reported the average cost for a gallon of gas in the Greenville area had dropped by nearly a dime from last week to $3.29.

Experts at the website said it was the single largest drop in gas prices since May 2011. AAA Carolinas reported Wednesday that the drop was the sharpest one-week decline since 2008.

On Wednesday, callers to the FOX Carolina newsroom reported seeing gas at $2.99 at a Hot Spot gas station in both Spartanburg and Honea Path.

According to GasBuddy.com, several stations in the Upstate area are approaching $3 per gallon, while gas prices in the mountains are closer to $3.50 per gallon.

Upstate gas prices don't seem to be the norm across the rest of South Carolina. AAA reported the average cost for a gallon of gas in the Palmetto State was at $3.36.

The cheapest gas in the country was in Oklahoma, while the most expensive was in Hawaii, according to GasBuddy.com.

Experts at AAA Carolinas said events like a disruption in supply, the threat of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico or escalating tensions in the Middle East could halt the decline in prices at the pump.

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