Wild footage as New York e-bike shop is engulfed in flames

A shocking video shows the moment an e-bike lithium-ion battery catches fire and explodes, burning out a store in the New York City borough of Queens.

The CCTV video, which was posted to X yesterday, is taken from inside an e-bike store on Saturday night that is jam-packed full of mopeds. It reveals just how quickly a battery can ignite and turn into a massive fire, Fox News reports.

The resulting fire at the South Richmond Hill store caused nearly two dozen e-bikes to erupt in flames. The store was closed at the time and nobody were hurt with the exception of one firefighter who suffered minor injuries, the FDNY said.

“A DVR (digital video recorder) shows smoke coming from the battery – and within 20 seconds – you see a shower of sparks, flames, and explosions,” the FDNY wrote in the caption accompanying the video.

“Just two and a half minutes later, a wall of flames consumes the shop. An upstairs tenant heard three loud pops and smelled smoke. He went downstairs to investigate and saw smoke inside the store.”

The New York Fire Department has long warned residents about the dangers posed by e-bike lithium-ion batteries. The batteries have been blamed for a dramatic spike in fires.

According to the FDNY, more than 215 fires were caused by lithium-ion batteries in 2022, which resulted in 147 injuries and six deaths across the city.

The FDNY toldFox News that last year’s figures have not yet been finalised, but FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said in November that 17 deaths had already been attributed to lithium-ion batteries in 2023 from nearly 240 fires.

“These are incredibly dangerous devices if they are unregulated or used improperly,” Ms Kavanagh said during a public safety in February.

“They show an enormous amount of fire when they catch fire — they often present an immediate inability to exit one’s room or one’s apartment or one’s home.”

In a safety manual, the FDNY advises people to never use aftermarket or generic batteries or chargers, never plug batteries into a power strip or overload an outlet and never overcharge or leave batteries charging overnight.

These rechargeable batteries are found in electric bikes and scooters as well as cars, laptops, tablets, phones and common household devices, according to the manual.

New regulations came into effect in the US city in September requiring the sale of all battery-powered mobility devices, like electric bicycles and electric scooters, to have certified batteries.

This article originally appeared in Fox News and has been reproduced with permission.

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