Prototype battery blamed in explosion at GM's Tech Center

Prototype battery blamed in explosion at GM's Tech Center http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120411/AUTO0103/204110389/1148/rss25

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On Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:25:52 -0400, Jim_Higgins

Good he wasn't killed. Explosions probably mean progress. Now they should know what makes it explode. But when I was bending steel at IH Tractor Works a guy got killed in the engine test lab when an engine blew up due to over-revving. The only progress I saw there was fighting between the UAW and management made sure nobody else got killed.
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Geeze... Everybody knows you shouldn't charge batteries inside!
Only in a "well ventilated area".
Maybe they hadn't placed the warning sticker on yet, so no one knew? :-)
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Warren General Motors Co. said a Wednesday explosion at a board-meeting in the General Motors Technical Center that injured one person was unrelated to the Chevrolet Volt or any other production vehicle, but was related to "extreme testing on an excel worksheet."
Four others were evaluated after an explosion sparked by gases from the boardmembers at a boardmeeting at the GM Tech Center. The explosion blew out several windows.
GM, in a statement released at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, said that during discussing the testing of an "experimental excel worksheet" chemical gases from the board-members and the excel cells were released. Those gases then ignited in the room and caused an explosion, leaving the boardroom itself intact. GM didn't say what gases built up that led to the explosion.
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