Drums of lithium batteries explode and destroy trailer in Alabama, photos show
Five fire engines and multiple other rescue teams responded to an Alabama parking lot after drums of lithium batteries exploded, the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department said.
A little after 1 p.m on March 31, crews responded to reports that an 18-wheeler had exploded in Birmingham in an industrial park parking lot, according to a Facebook post from the fire department.
When the crews arrived, they saw a trailer on fire.
On that trailer were dozens of 55-gallon drums, all holding lithium batteries, the fire department said. The batteries were on their way to be properly disposed of.
Fire crews were able to identify the batteries that had exploded and contained them.
The fire department said the driver of the trailer was not inside the truck at the time the batteries exploded, and no one was hurt.
Fire crews were able to control the fire by “hitting the hot spots” and are continuing to monitor the truck.
The fire department did not release how the explosion occurred.
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