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Lithium-Ion Battery Malfunction Causes Savannah Airport Scare

A lithium-ion battery inside an air traveler’s e-cigarette caused some alarm at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport recently when the carry-on bag containing the device began to smoke at the security checkpoint. Surveillance video at the time of the incident shows passengers and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers going about business as usual when one of the bags on the x-ray conveyor belt erupts in clouds of smoke. The incident caused one nearby passenger to yell in distress while others looked on nervously, unsure of what was happening. TSA lead security officer Darrell Wade is seen rushing over to the ... Read More

Lithium Battery Explosion Eyed as Cause of Oregon House fire

A charging lithium battery inside a laptop could be to blame for causing a fire that forced a family to evacuate their Portland, Oregon-area home in the middle of the night. Homeowner Mark Rust told Portland, Oregon’s KPTV FOX 12 he and his family were asleep in their home in Tigard when they were awakened by a loud explosion in another part of the house. They called for help upon finding their living room ablaze. Mr. Rust said an older laptop computer had been charging. “Earlier in the evening I had plugged in an older laptop to recharge it, and ... Read More

HP Recalls Notebooks, Workstations Over Lithium Battery Fire Risk

Hewlett-Packard (HP) said it is voluntarily recalling certain notebook computers and mobile workstation computers containing lithium-ion batteries that can potentially overheat posing a risk of fire, burn injuries, and property damage. HP is urging customers to check their devices to see if they are affected by the recall. The recall covers the battery only and not the entire device. According to the company, the affected computers and batteries were manufactured December 2015 and December 2017. HP says the some of the lithium batteries were sold as accessories or provided as replacements through HP or an authorized HP service provider. Many ... Read More

Exploding Laptop Battery Burns Maryland Clinic Employee

An employee at a Maryland mental health agency suffered burn injuries when the lithium-ion battery in her laptop computer exploded and caught fire Wednesday morning, April 19. According to the Kent Herald and Bay Times, the Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company of Centreville, Maryland, responded to a report of fire from the Bridges Behavioral Health and Wellness agency shortly before 10:30 a.m. Firefighters found upon arriving at the scene that an employee had been able to extinguish the blaze, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said. The 58-year-old woman who was working on the computer when the incident occurred suffered burns ... Read More

California Teen’s Dell Laptop Explodes Repeatedly, Home Camera Films Blasts

A California teen and his friend narrowly escaped injury when his Dell Inspiron laptop burst into flames while charging on the living room sofa, then continued to explode over and over again. Footage from the Thousand Oak, California, home’s security cameras captured the explosions, which start as Devon Johnson, 18, is sitting on the living room couch with a friend eating pizza and playing video games. The Dell laptop charging on the sofa next to them starts shooting black smoke then almost immediately becomes engulfed in a giant fireball. The explosion is so bright that it triggers the security camera ... Read More

Chinese electronics manufacturer Lenovo recalls 500,000 AC power cords after reports of overheating

Lenovo, a computer technology company founded in China, has announced an enormous recall of nearly 500,000 AC power cords that were produced in 2011. According to the company, the power cords may overheat, therefore posing a burn and fire hazard to consumers. In addition to the 500,000 units being recalled in the U.S., about 44,000 will be recalled from Canada. Lenovo’s black LS-15 AC power cord, which was manufactured from February 2011 to December 2011, was sold with IdeaPad brand B-,G-,S-,U-,V- and Z-series laptop computers. The recalled power cords were also sold with Lenova brand B-, G- and V-series laptop ... Read More

BP lost laptop containing personal info of 13,000 oil-spill claimants

Talk about adding insult to injury. First BP spilled a record amount of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and now it looks as though the oil giant may have spilled the private information of thousands of people harmed by the disaster. According to a number of news sources around the globe, BP has lost a laptop containing sensitive information of about 13,000 individuals who filed claims for oil-spill related damages. BP acknowledged the missing computer and verified that a database on it contained the names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, and financial information of the ... Read More