But this is a chemistry blog, so let's talk a bit more about the molecule. Carbon tet was first prepared way back in 1839. The French chemist Henri Victor Regnault reacted chloroform with chlorine producing carbon tet and HCl. Now it is made from methane but before the 1950s it was prepared by chlorination of carbon disulfide.
As a halocarbon it is not flammable. In the early part of the 20th century carbon tetrachloride was used to extinguish fires. It was placed into brass bottles with a pump which was used to spray carbon tet onto a fire. If you tour some of the mansions of Newport, RI you may find some of the historic homes had vessels of carbon tet mounted near the ceiling. In the case of a fire the contents would spill out into the room to help douse the fire. It was also used as a dry cleaning solvent as it is particularly good at dissolving nonpolar grease.
Since the 1980s production of carbon tetrachloride has dropped precipitously due to its role in the destruction of the ozone layer. Industry has all but abandoned its use though it is still used in small quantities for research purposes. Once a cheap solvent, carbon tet now costs more than gold. If you have any, hang on to it! It could be your hedge against inflation.