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Utility and Misc

Battery menace costs recyclers millions

By Robin Latchem – May 27, 2020 The crippling cost of scrapyard fires caused by batteries is set out starkly in a Europe-wide survey of site operators. One-third of respondents reported a severe blaze in the past four years, costing an average EUR 1.3 million, with batteries identified as the cause in 75% of incidents. The results […]

Uncategorized, Utility and Misc

Pressure builds on lithium-ion

The issue of safety in lithium ion batteries is an area of major concern that is generating a lot of interest in the media. And rightly so. Done right, lithium ion battery technology is a mature, well established technology that has been used for nearly 30 years. Done wrong? Well batteries have turned into incendiary […]

Utility and Misc

UPDATE: Semi that shut down Hwy. 58 was carrying 31,000 pounds of lithium batteries, CHP says

by: Joseph Luiz Posted: Apr 27, 2020 / 02:39 PM PDT / Updated: Apr 27, 2020 / 08:26 PM PDT UPDATE (2;30 p.m.): The semi truck involved in the incident was carrying 31,000 pounds of lithium ion batteries that had been packaged in 55 gallon steel drum containers, according to CHP. At around 9:15 a.m., the department said officers were […]

Utility and Misc

Amazon faces lawsuit over Chinese battery that allegedly burned down a garage

The lawsuit says the battery was an ‘Amazon’s Choice’ product A mislabeled battery that allegedly caused a fire in a Minnesota man’s garage last year is the subject of a new lawsuit against Amazon. Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company claims the e-commerce giant sold the battery to its client, Dane Meyer of Cottonwood, Minnesota, […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

CPSC announces more furniture recalls

Doug Clark | April 20, 2020 The Consumer Products Safety Commission continues to issue recall notices. But it states, “Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the remedies identified in recall press releases may not be available at this time.” If not, the agency recommends that consumers stop using the identified products. Southern […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

Unattended school-issued laptop linked to house fire

Rachel Yonkunas (FOX43) | April 20, 2020 Fire officials are warning families about the hazards of working from home after an overheated laptop ignites a fire in York County. YORK COUNTY, Pa. — With many parents working from home and children taking classes remotely, households may be running out of work spaces. A local high […]

E-Bike & Scooter, Uncategorized

Hoverboard To Blame For 2-Alarm Andover Fire

WBZ Boston | April 10, 2020 BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) A charging hoverboard is said to be the cause of a two-alarm house fire in Andover yesterday. The fire broke out in a two-family home at 10 Temple Place around 3:45 p.m. Three residents inside the unit that caught fire, and two other residents in the […]

Utility and Misc

Yamaha recalls 82,000 wireless electric guitar equipment due to fire hazard

Erin Patterson | Mar 12, 2020 HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka — Yamaha has recalled 82,000 digital wireless pieces for electric guitars because of a fire hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Line 6 Relay G10 Digital Wireless Guitar Systems and USB Charging Cables, which are used to wirelessly connect an electric guitar to an amplifier, […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

Lithium batteries catch fire at north Phoenix businesses

By: abc15.com staff | Mar 03, 2020 PHOENIX — Fire crews evacuated the area surrounding a north Phoenix business complex after a pile of lithium batteries caught fire outside one of the buildings Tuesday afternoon. Phoenix fire officials say crews responded to the scene near 16th Street and Deer Valley Drive and worked to ventilate […]

Uncategorized, Utility and Misc

Recycling Plants Are Catching On Fire, And Lithium Ion Batteries Are to Blame

By Jillian Mock | Feb 28, 2020 |The Verge A nightmare for the recycling industry became incarnate when a Texas recycling plant burst into flames in December 2016. The fire caught quickly, melting plastic bottles, consuming cardboard boxes, and incinerating discarded paper. The massive building’s sprinkler system had been damaged in a recent freeze and failed […]

Airplane & Airport

United Airlines flight makes emergency landing after phone battery catches fire

An United Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing after a “thermal runaway event.” Flight 1456 from Newark, New Jersey, to Nassau, Bahamas, diverted to Daytona Beach Airport Wednesday after a phone battery charger caught fire mid-flight, the airport confirmed on Twitter. The fire was contained to a passenger’s bag and placed inside a fire retardant case after bursting […]

EV

Porsche Taycan catches fire in Florida

It’s the only known case of a fire for Porsche’s first EV By Sean O’Kane@sokane1  Feb 18, 2020, 11:28am EST An all-electric Porsche Taycan in Florida caught fire on Sunday, the company has confirmed to The Verge. It’s the first known case of a Taycan catching fire, and Porsche says the cause is unknown at this time. No […]

EV

Porsche Taycan caught on fire – burning down a garage in Florida

Fred Lambert – February 17th, 2020 A Porsche Taycan electric car caught on fire at a residence in Florida yesterday, leading to significant damage to the house and a complete loss of the car. After launching the Taycan late last year, the German premium automaker started deliveries in December, with the first 130 cars in […]

Utility and Misc

Everyone’s Favorite Climate Solution Has a Fire Problem

The path away from fossil-fuel power means more giant batteries—and more risk of dangerous fires. By David R Baker and Mark Chediak January 28, 2020, 2:00 AM PST The explosion ruptured the dusk settling over the desert in Surprise, Arizona. For hours, smoke had poured from a metal shed packed with lithium-ion batteries at a small electric substation. […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

Official: Laptop battery started massive Jan. 2019 fire at Rockford Township Highway Department

by Breane Lyga ROCKFORD (WREX) — Nearly a year after a massive fire destroyed the Rockford Township Highway Department building on a historic cold day, officials say the cause of the fire was a faulty laptop battery. The building, located at 404 N. Springfield Ave. caught fire Jan. 30, 2019, prompting a response from at […]

Utility and Misc

Lithium batteries are everywhere, and they’re more dangerous than you think. Here’s what to know.

Sarah Taddeo and Maggie Gilroy, New York State Team STORY HIGHLIGHTS Lithium batteries have caused a number of fires and explosions in consumer products and at recycling plants in the U.S. Recycling facilities take a number of precautions to identify and dismantle battery-containing devices before they cause a problem. Consumers should never throw them out or […]

Utility and Misc

Lithium batteries, hybrid systems and the dangers of exothermic fires

by Craig Jallal The rise of electric and hybrid energy propulsion systems necessitates improved guidelines on gas detection and better fire suppression techniques for lithium batteries At the start of 2020, three containers on the 2008-built, 10,800 TEU containership Cosco Pacific combusted creating the seafarers’ worse nightmare – a fire at sea. The initial investigation found that […]

Utility and Misc

COSCO says lithium battery started vessel fire

The fire that broke out on the COSCO Pacific was caused by the spontaneous combustion of a lithium ion battery, according to widely reported update from the Chinese carrier. Port Technology International (PTI) reported on the story when it broke yesterday. The vessel caught fire in the Arabian Sea while en route from Port Klang, Malaysia, to […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

Remote-control battery explosion blamed for Mesa house fire, family says

MESA, AZ — A Mesa family who lost everything in a fire just days before New Year’s, says a lithium battery used to charge a remote-control car sparked the flames that destroyed their home. “My son put the battery on the charger on Friday night and it started smoking, to swell, and then it popped, […]

Airplane & Airport

Passenger Suffers 20% Burns After Phone Battery Catches Fire on Air Asia Flight

by Mark Finlay An AirAsia Airbus A320 had to be diverted to Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Day. This happened after a passenger’s mobile phone battery caught fire burning 20% of his body. The incident reported by The Aviation Herald details how AirAsia flight number AK-130 operating an Airbus A320-299N registration number 9M-AGL was en-route from Kuala […]

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