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Explosive battery fires

Explosive battery fires


>>>IN IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LITHIUM BATTERIES EXPLODE. THEY’RE FOUND IN CELL PHONES, LAPTOPS, TABLETS, EVEN TOYS. ONE WRONG MOVE WHEN A BATTERY STARTS TO SMOKE AND THAT FIRE SUDDENLY GETS MUCH, MUCH WORSE. YOU’VE YOU’VE HEARD THE STORIES OF THE SEVEN PHONES GOING UP IN FLAMES. TONIGHT WE’RE GOING TO SHOW YOU JUST HOW DODGERS THESE BATTERY FIRES CAN — DANGEROUS THESE BATTERY FIRES CAN GET IN SECONDS. BILL SPENCER HAS FOUR STEPS TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE.>>Reporter: IT’S AN ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING SIGHT. A LITHIUM CELL PHONE BATTERY EXPLODING RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES. FLYING THROUGH THE AIR, LIKE A ROCKET. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO CAPTURING THE VERY MOMENT A SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE7 STARTED SMOKING IN A COUNCILWOMAN’S HAND. — WOMAN’S HAND. THIS IS THE SAME PHONE A FEW MINUTES LATER. MORE VIDEO OF A CAR BURSTING INTO FLAMES AFTER YET ANOTHER LITHIUM-POWERED DEVICE WAS CHARGING INSIDE. INCREDIBLE, SOMETHING SO TINY CARRIES SO MUCH POWER.>>THE LITHIUM BATTERIES ARE THE MOST COMMON BATTERIES BEING USED TODAY IN THE UNITED STATES. THERE’S A LOT OF POWER IN A VERY SMALL SPACE.>>Reporter: YES, THEY POWER CELL PHONES, LAPTOPS, TABLETS, CAMERAS, PORTABLE DVD PLAYERS, PORTABLE RADIOS, AND YES, HOVERBOARD AT JUST 14 YEARS OLD, COLE FROM CYPRESS KNOWS FIRSTHAND HOW DANGEROUS LITHIUM BATTERIES CAN BE.>>THERE WAS THREE EXPLOSIONS, HEAR, BOTTOM, — BOOM, BOOM, BOOM.>>COAL, AN EIGHTH GRADE BASKETBALL PLAYER, HAD HIS HOVERBOARD LESS THAN 24 HOURS WHEN IT EXPLODED, SECONDS AFTER HE HEARD IT MAKING A STRANGE SOUND STRANGE RODE IT OUTSIDE MAYBE 10, 15 MINUTES, AND HEAR LITTLE — [SOUND EFFECTS] IT BASICALLY BLEW PARTS ALL OVER THE YARD.>>Reporter: NOW, WORKING WITH EXPERTS AT THE CY-FAIR VOLUNTEER FIRE TRAINING CENTER, WE’RE ABOUT TO SHOW YOU THROUGH VIDEO LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE JUST HOW VIOLENTLY LITHIUM BATTERIES BURN.>>THEY DO BURN VERY, VERY INTENSELY AND VERY QUICKLY. USUALLY WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT.>>Reporter: JUST WATCH AS WE PUNCTURE A COUPLE OF LITHIU BATTERIES AND SET THEM ON FIRE. AND THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO IS ADD WATER. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS.>>OH, WHOA!>>Reporter: YOU’VE JUST MADE THAT FIRE 10 TIMES WORSE. WORKING WITH SCIENTISTS A UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES IN CHICAGO, NBC NEWS SHOWS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU CRUSH A LITHIUM CELL PHONE BATTERY. AND JUST WATCH WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY PURPOSEICALLY OVERCHARGE A LITHIUM — PURPOSEFULLY OVERCHARGE A LITHIUM BATTERY.>>IT CAN OVERHEAT. AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT COULD HAPPEN IF YOU USE THE WRONG CHARGER, FOR EXAMPLE.>>Reporter: AN IMPORTANT LESSON ABOUT ALL OF THAT POWER, STORED INSIDE THOSE TINY LITHIUM BATTERIES. YOU’VE SEEN FIRSTHAND HOW VIOLENTLY THESE LITHIUM BATTERIES CAN BURN. WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THEM?>>THAT IT’S EVEN MORE VIOLENT THAN YOU CAN EVEN IMAGINE.>>IT’S VERY RARE, BUT YOU’VE GOT ALL THAT ENERGY IN WITH YOUR POCKET.>>Reporter: NOW, WE DO HAVE SOME TIPS TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE. NUMBER ONE, DON’T SIT ON OR CRUSH THE CELL PHONE BY PUTTING IT INTO YOUR BACK POCKET OR INTO A BACKPACK. NUMBER TWO, WHEN YOU’RE CHARGING YOUR CELL PHONE, MAKE SURE YOU USE A MANUFACTURER’S APPROVED CHARGER. AND YOU DON’T OVERCHARGE THE DEVICE. NUMBER THREE, IF YOU NOTICE ANYTHING KIND OF — IF YOU NOTICE THAT THE — YOU NEED A NEW BATTERY, MAKE SURE YOU BUY A BATTERY THAT’S COMPATIBLE. A MANUFACTURER’S APPROVED BATTERY, NOT SOME CHEAP KNOCK-OFF. AND FINALLY, IF YOU NOTICE ANY CHANGE IN THE PERFORMANCE OF YOUR CELL PHONE, IT’S NOT CHARGING, IT’S NOT HOLDING A CHARGE, IT’S NOT PERFORMING RIGHT, TAKE TO IT A REPAIR SHOP RIGHT AWAY. REPORTING LIVE, BILL SPENCER, KPRC CHANNEL 2 NEWS.>>ALL RIGHT, BILL, THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>>AND YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LITHIUM BATTERY FIRES AT CLICK2HOUSTON.COM. INCLUDING DETAILS ABOUT THE SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE7 RECALL.

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