Lithium Battery Fire – container illegally loaded with discarded lithium batteries caught fire while enroute to a port
On August 19, 2021, a container illegally loaded with discarded lithium batteries caught fire while enroute to a port.
The container was intended for a maritime voyage. The batteries caught fire on the highway resulting in loss of the cargo, and significant damage to the shipping container.
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