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Fire at South Korean lithium battery plant claims 22 lives, injures eight

A catastrophic fire at a lithium battery plant in Hwaseong, South Korea, has resulted in the deaths of at least 22 people and injured eight others.

The blaze erupted at the Aricell-operated factory, located 45km south of Seoul, around 10:30am yesterday local time, and was controlled by the afternoon. The victims included 18 Chinese workers and one Laotian, with the nationality of the remaining deceased worker yet to be confirmed.

Initial reports suggested over 100 workers were present when the fire broke out, triggered by the explosion of battery cells inside a warehouse.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol ordered an immediate response to prioritise search and rescue efforts.

Local authorities issued safety alerts, advising residents to stay indoors due to the hazardous smoke.

Lithium batteries, essential for various electronic devices and electric vehicles, are prone to fires and explosions when overheated or damaged. South Korea is a major exporter of lithium batteries with key players like LG Energy Solution, Samsung SDI, and SK On.

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  1. Imagine this is an EV
    You have just hit something (pothole) and the batteries explode into thermal runaway
    Conscious or unconscious the doors are locked and you can’t get out
    Don’t go there

  2. No batteries for your EV…
    No petrol for your gas-guzzler…OH MY
    But the PTB have the solution(s) to alllllll your problems over at that new :15 minute concentra…I..I..I.. mean..15 Minute City.
    They said my Social Credit score is now high enough that I can ride my e-bike, but only in the pushbike mode, as they will monitor my actions via Covid Vax Digital ID thru nano-tech and closed-circuit lamp posts.
    IF I get my Elon Musk brain implant, I’ll always have an indefinite high Social Credit score.
    I ate my 1/2 kilo of synthetic meat just last night. I’m good for the whole month now!
    I’ve been invited to a Carbon Party in my :15 Minute City where the guests are all served insects dripping with ethnic chocolate with a bottle of boutique water permeated with microplastics!
    Then, we’ll all go as a *group (*we can’t think by or for ourselves…we have to be a …TEAM!!!) for our 30th Covid Bio-Weaponised ‘Vaccine’ which isn’t actually a ‘Vaccine’ at all from what a recent court ruling said.
    As we wait to be injected, we’ll watch the All Blacks on a low-carbon footprint widescreen TV in the waiting room.
    Don’t worry about that injectee who just collapsed in the corner- he’s just hung-over from last night’s rugby game. He doesn’t have a pulse because his Tab bet came in last earlier today…
    And…the pre-programmed shit just goes on…& on…& on…!
    WTFU!

  3. Fire crews struggle to put out EV fires. I’ve heard that they use about 10 times more water to put out an EV fire than one in an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) car.

    Also, insurance companies are wising up to the fact that EVs cost a lot more to repair. If you have a fender-bender in your ICE car, you get some panel bashing, painting, perhaps new bumper, radiator and some ancillaries. However, a fender-bender in an EV car can damage the battery pack and result in a repair bill where the whole EV battery must be replaced, a few thousand dollars – perhaps $10K to $40K. If the battery pack is not replaced it could still be compromised in terms of safety. You can inspect a petrol tank for leaks after a collision. How could you test an EV battery for internal damage?

    It’s very sad that people died in the factory and could not get out. It seems that the danger of these EV factories may be similar to fireworks factories, the latter of which take extreme safety measures.

    Perhaps they should have similar safety procedures when storing and handling these batteries as the military use for munitions.

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