A grandpa buys three "hoverboards" for his grandchildren for Christmas. He has them charging in his kitchen, when one of them ignites and explodes with a huge explosion.
Reading the article above, this is a simple case of what happens with certain kinds of lithium-ion batteries. In certain circumstances, like being overcharged, they'll explode dramatically. Clearly what happened this time.
Lesson: Be on the lookout for cheap batteries ..
To check they all worked, Mr Hodkinson plugged one in to charge in the kitchen. He said: ‘Elaine and I were in the living room when we heard a massive swoosh. Through a glass door to the kitchen we could see a bright yellow glow of flames.’
Mr Hodkinson, 44, opened the door to be met with flames leaping from the battery pack of the hoverboard. He said: ‘For a moment I froze – there was an instinct to try and put the flames out. But then I heard the hoverboard fizzing in the flames. It sounded like a firework.
‘Thankfully I decided to close the door and call the fire brigade because within seconds there was a massive bang and the hoverboard exploded. It was terrifying – like a mini bomb going off. Neighbours heard it three houses away.