15th May, 2021

Warning to drone users after battery bursts into flames in Bromsgrove

Bromsgrove Editorial 26th May, 2019

A WARNING has been issued to drone users after one burst into flames in Bromsgrove, writes Charlotte Mitchell.

The advice has been issued by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service because the blaze was caused by a ‘rogue battery’.

HWFRS Group Commander Stuart Crebbin said the fake batteries could be identified through a number of features.

They have different wiring configurations, the wires are different colours, the registered trademark is different and, most noticeably, there are spelling mistakes in the instructions.

Even legitimate drone batteries are made of lithium polymer iron.

These specific batteries have been known to explode while charging in the past.

HWFRS has obtained a special container to charge batteries for its own drones to avoid unnecessary risk.

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