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Firefighters urge caution after portable charger explodes in Guilford

By Meghan Friedmann Jul 5, 2020 GUILFORD — The Guilford Fire Department is warning people to be careful with portable chargers containing lithium-ion batteries after one caught fire and exploded Wednesday afternoon, according to a release on the department’s website. The charger was sitting on a semi-non-combustible surface and no one was injured, said Deputy […]


Tesla battery cooling system is subject of federal safety probe

By RUSS MITCHELL STAFF WRITER  JULY 1, 2020 Federal safety officials are probing allegations of defective cooling systems installed in early-model Tesla vehicles. Tesla installed cooling tubes prone to leaks in Model S vehicles beginning in 2012, according to internal emails cited by Business Insider last week. The Times reviewed copies of the emails and other documentation that […]

Utility and Misc

Catching the thermal runaway: Testing safety of energy storage systems

As energy storage projects grow around the world, driven by an increase in renewable energy generation and the integration of such into grid operations a troubling phenomenon needs to be addressed. Fires – many of them linked to lithium-ion batteries – are occurring with troubling frequency. This article was originally published in Smart Energy International Issue 3-2020. Read the full digimag or subscribe to receive a […]

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Grand Forks family warns of battery dangers after fire destroys garage

It’s a fire danger that many people don’t realize. It’s one a Grand Forks family found out the hard way.  They lost their garage, and everything inside. Written By: Matt Henson | Jun 11th 2020 – 11pm. According to the Grand Forks Fire Department, the garage fire began when a lithium-ion battery caught fire. GRAND FORKS — A Grand […]

E-Bike & Scooter

Watch as Electric Unicycle Bursts Into Flames

Dave Diamond | June 8, 2020 Remember a few years ago when everyone was getting those battery operated hoverboards and then the batteries caught fire? It seems those same batteries also power unicycles. And they still catch fire. This helmet-cam video catches the exact moment his friend’s electric unicycle flames out and nearly ignites an […]

Utility and Misc

Battery shipping loophole exposed by FedEx fire, NTSB warns

A fire that destroyed a FedEx Corp. truck in Canada exposed a loophole in lithium-battery testing standards that could have led to a fatal blaze on a flight, U.S. investigators said. The shipment by Braille Battery Inc. of Sarasota, Fla., in 2016 had earlier prompted federal regulators to charge the company with violating shipping rules. […]

Utility and Misc

Fire Triggers Call for Stronger Battery Rules

Had the batteries caught fire while in the air, they could have caused the plane to crash. Jun 8th, 2020 | Contributor Tom Krisher The damage resulting from a lithium-ion battery fire in a FedEx truck is show in these photos taken June, 2, 2016. Left: The fire damage to the FedEx truck and its […]

Utility and Misc

NTSB Seeks Stronger Lithium-Ion Battery Rules After Fire

DETROIT (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending a loophole that allows some lithium-ion batteries to taken on airplanes be closed, citing insufficient safety precautions. Monday’s recommendation comes after batteries were flown from Florida to Toronto by FedEx. The batteries erupted in flames on the ground, destroying a delivery truck. The agency says […]


Hyundai Kona Electric gets update following 2 battery fires, report says

Sean Szymkowski June 11, 2020 10:42 a.m. PT One fire occurred last year in Canada, while the more recent fire was in South Korea. The Hyundai Kona Electric has reportedly received a battery update of some sort following reports of two fires, one in Canada and another in South Korea. Hyundai told Roadshow Thursday the South Korean […]

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Lithium-ion battery fire damages suite in Nanaimo

One man displaced from home after battery for radio-controlled toy bursts into flame while charging Chris Bush | Jun 5, 2020 There were no injuries, but one man was displaced from a suite in Nanaimo after a lithium-ion polymer battery burst into flame while it was being charged. Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to a report […]

Utility and Misc

WEEE fires caused by batteries ‘increasing’

The number of fires in the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) management chain caused by damaged batteries is increasing, according to a report prepared by EuRic and the WEEE Forum. Published today and titled Characterisation of fires caused by batteries in WEEE, the report suggests that within the WEEE management chain there is a high […]

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‘Conception’ Coroner Reports Reveal Victims’ Attempt to Escape

By Tyler HaydenTue May 19, 2020 | 7:32pm The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has released the final coroner’s reports for the 34 victims of the Conception diving boat disaster. The chartered vessel sank in the middle of the night on September 2, 2019, after catching fire off Santa Cruz Island. All 33 of its passengers and one […]


Blast and Furious: Battery Fires Add to China’s EV Woes

Although experts have suggested electric vehicles aren’t any less safe than their gas-powered counterparts, five fires in less than two weeks hasn’t been good for optics. At least five electric vehicles have caught fire in China so far this month, sparking public safety concerns. On Saturday, an electric vehicle manufactured by Zhengzhou Nissan Auto Co. Ltd. — […]

E-Bike & Scooter

Charging Hoverboard Causes Second Fire In A Month In Massachusetts

KINGSTON (CBS) — A charging hoverboard started a fire in Kingston Saturday night. This is the second fire in Massachusetts sparked by a charging hoverboard in about a month. “Hoverboard fires were a national problem in 2016 after many were received as holiday gifts in 2015. They are powered by lithium-ion batteries and must now […]

Utility and Misc

Shared lessons on vessel battery fires strengthen safety

by John Snyder With battery-hybrid and electric propulsion growing in the OSV market, a DNV GL workshop provides a valuable forum for examining lithium-ion battery technology  Advances in storage technology combined with a focus on energy efficiency and emissions reduction continue to drive the application of battery-hybrid and electric propulsion in offshore support vessels and shipping as a whole. A small fire and secondary […]

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, […]

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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 […]

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