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Central Texas man shocked by explosion, fireball from 40 volt Lithium battery

Exploding 40 volt Lithium battery delivered fireball scorching the exterior wall of home.
Exploding 40 volt Lithium battery delivered fireball scorching the exterior wall of home.(Xander Walthrop)
Published: Feb. 27, 2021 at 7:32 PM CST
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LAMPASAS COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) - Xander Walthrop from Lampasas County heard an explosion on his front porch Saturday saying one of his Ryobi 40 volt lithium batteries exploded starting a spontaneous combustion almost burning his house down.

When Walthrop heard the explosion he said he jumped up and ran to the door to see “a huge fireball with smoke coming off that pained my lungs.”

In a scramble to extinguish the flames Walthrop used a pot of dirt to put out the fire.

The battery on the charger did not explode but was sitting next to the one that did.
The battery on the charger did not explode but was sitting next to the one that did.(Photo: Xander Walthrop)

Mr. Walthorp explained that he had two lithium batteries on the front porch, “one was plugged in charging and the one that exploded was sitting beside it NOT plugged in.”

Walthorp was eagar to share with others saying, “people need to hear about this, Ryobi needs to hear about this.”

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