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Lime Electric Bike Explodes in Seattle, Washington

September 08, 2019

SEATTLE, WA. – According to an online article posted by, an electric bicycle from the company Lime reportedly exploded in Seattle, Washington, on the University of Washington campus. A video captured the incident, which Lime has deemed an isolated matter that was the result of tampering with the bike.*

A video of the explosion, which was uploaded online, shows the bicycle’s battery on fire, followed by an explosion. The incident occurred during the evening on the University’s campus in Seattle. 

Lime, the company that owns the bike in question, issued a public statement following the incident. In the statement, a spokesperson said that an initial investigation conducted by Lime had revealed that someone tampered with the battery on the bicycle, and that this led to the explosion and fire. The company called the matter an “isolated incident” and went on to say that its e-bikes are completely safe when they are used properly.

The Seattle Fire Department, which responded to the scene, noted that a puncture was present in the battery of the e-bike, but they have not confirmed that the puncture was the result of vandalism or that the puncture caused the explosion. Fire officials are still investigating the explosion and have not released information about its official cause. No one was riding on the bike at the time, and it does not appear that anyone was injured.

The type of battery inside the bike was a lithium-ion battery — the same type of battery that powers cell phones, laptops, and electric cars. Explosions and fires have been noted in all of these products and have drawn particular attention because of how difficult the fires can be to manage. In some lithium-ion battery fires, the batteries reignite, and firefighters have to return to the scene to re-extinguish the fire multiple times. 

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