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Fire breaks out at warehouse containing 900 metric tons of lithium batteries

20 February 2024

A fire broke out at a battery recycling facility containing around 900 metric tons of lithium batteries in southern France on 17 February. The blaze started at a warehouse owned by recycling company SNAM in the town of Viviez, north of Toulouse.

Image: @PascalMazet on Twitter
Image: @PascalMazet on Twitter

Firefighters were called to the scene where they managed to contain the fire to the site and prevent it from spreading. Officials announced the fire had been brought under control on 19 February, two days after it had broken out. Firefighters remained on-site until 20 February to ensure there was no reignition.

Footage posted on social media showed a large plume of black smoke rising from the plant through the weekend, however officials said there were no concerns about dangerous air pollution levels.

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