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General Motors battery test explosion injures two

12 April 2012

An explosion during extreme testing of a prototype energy cell at a General Motors battery research facility in Warren, Michigan, injured two and caused major structural damage to the building on March 10.

At the heart of the explosion was a lithium-ion battery, according to a fire department official cited in local news reports. 

“The incident is still under investigation by GM and the Warren authorities," the GM statement said. "Any information or discussion of the nature of the work in the lab or cause of the incident is entirely speculative and cannot be confirmed at this time. The incident was unrelated to the Chevrolet Volt or any other production vehicle. The incident was related to extreme testing on a prototype battery.”

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