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 |  Apr 11 2012, 10:43 AM

An explosion has been reported at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. The blast occurred at around 8:50 a.m.

One, or possibly two people were injured, and have already been moved to hospital, reports the Detroit News. The center houses the General Motors Battery Lab and is used for testing and developing lithium-ion battery packs as well as other future battery technology.

The building has been evacuated and all employees have been moved to safety. “We’re aware of an incident this morning at one of our labs at the GM Tech Center that required a fire and emergency response,” GM spokesman Greg Martin said. “All employees are accounted for, and we’re trying to learn more details and we’ll share them when we can.”

The explosion was reportedly caused by one of the lithium-ion battery packs being tested.

[Source: Detroit News]

  • lee colleton

    That’s terrible to hear people were injured, I hope they’re okay.

    I guess I’m glad that these batteries are tested to their limits so we know how to design safety systems to protect people in electric cars. I wonder what they did to the battery that triggered the explosion.