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A burnt PSP shell shows the damage from the exploding battery.  (Source: ClickOnDetroit.com)
Minor injuries sustained in lithium fire

Rather than let Apple corner the "flaming personal entertainment device" market, a Sony PlayStation Portable has caught fire while in the pocket of a middle-school student in Michigan.

According to the report from Warner Middle School
, the fire occurred at approximately 9:00 AM this morning, when the battery of the PSP apparently overheated and exploded, causing a lithium fire. The fire burned a hole in the student's pants and caused minor burns to his leg.

The school was placed on lockdown in order to allow emergency personnel to enter the building and administer first aid, and the child was taken to a local hospital for further treatment. Police are undergoing an official investigation -- it is not known at this time if the PSP was on when the explosion occurred.

While lithium battery fires have been big news of late, including new restrictions on air travel on January 1st, the major suspects have been laptop computers, due to the larger-capacity cells used -- but the probability of a portable game system to be carried by a child may cause some parents to consider extra precautions.


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RE: How possible....?
By Chris Peredun on 2/7/2008 9:59:40 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
What are the chances a battery in a hybrid car could catch fire like this? I could see that as a quite a terrible thing - considering that there is flammable liquid (gasoline) on board...


All current hybrid vehicles are using nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery packs rather than Li-Ion, so the odds are fairly low. A failing NiMH cell can give off hydrogen gas, but a lithium fire is probably a greater risk.


RE: How possible....?
By Lastfreethinker on 2/7/2008 1:03:35 PM , Rating: 3
Which is ironic because the use of NiMH makes hybrid cars more toxic and an bigger danger to the environment then a Hummer.


RE: How possible....?
By clovell on 2/7/2008 1:43:05 PM , Rating: 2
Chevy is contracting development of Litium Ion batteries for future use in the Volt.


RE: How possible....?
By meesohonee on 3/5/2008 11:32:12 PM , Rating: 2
Next Gen Hybrid. Pretty nice.


RE: How possible....?
By OdinX on 2/7/2008 3:31:01 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
All current hybrid vehicles are using nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery packs rather than Li-Ion, so the odds are fairly low. A failing NiMH cell can give off hydrogen gas, but a lithium fire is probably a greater risk.


This must be the true Secret of NiMH!

oh yes I went there


RE: How possible....?
By therealnickdanger on 2/8/2008 1:42:34 PM , Rating: 3
Wow, I need to find that on DVD.

OK, done:
http://www.amazon.com/Secret-NIMH-2-Disc-Family-Fu...


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