Calif. company thinks its battery used in bombing

Calif. battery company believes batteries it makes were used in the Boston Marathon bombing

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CORRECTS VOLTAGE OF BATTERY TO 7.2 INSTEAD OF 1.25 - A 7.2-volt battery sold in retail outlets that …

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) -- Officials at a Northern California battery company said Wednesday they believe a battery they manufacture was used in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Benjamin Mull, spokesman for Fremont-based Tenergy Corp., said that based on crime scene photos that have appeared online, the company believes one of its nickel-metal hydride batteries was used to make the bombs that detonated Monday near the marathon's finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 170.

"We're all deeply saddened by the events in Boston. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the victims and their families and the Boston community. We're all horrified and appalled that our off-the-shelf product would be used in such a horrific way," Mull said.

The company has reached out to Boston police and the FBI but hasn't heard directly from investigators, Mull said.

The company says the 1.25-volt battery seen in the photos is sold in retail outlets and is frequently used by hobbyists for various toys, including radio-controlled cars and trucks.

Tenergy has been selling the battery for several years and said it has sold "tens of thousands" of the particular battery in the past year.

The battery can be purchased individually or in packs.

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