E-bike owner thought ‘family was going to die’ when it exploded into fireball

CCTV footage shows e-bike battery explosion

This is the terrifying moment when an e-bike owner had to run for his life when it exploded into a fireball, producing a cloud of toxic vapour. CCTV footage from the entrance of Avi Gooransingh’s home shows the bike’s battery erupting.

The explosion quickly produced a white and grey-coloured highly flammable and toxic vapour cloud into the air, which ignited into a fireball just a split second later.

Flames from the battery surged from the bike and Mr Gooransingh narrowly avoided the fire.

The 29-year-old hospital chef was able to run back into his flat, which he shares with his mother and sister.

They were in shock but thankfully no one was hurt in the incident. Firefighters were quickly on the scene and safely put out the fire.

Firefighters say the scooter burst into flames at a block of flats in Roehampton, southwest London, last Saturday.

The precise cause of the explosion has not been determined, but Mr Gooransingh says he knew something was not quite right because of a strong smell.

Mr Gooransingh, who used his e-bike to commute to and from work, said: “I arrived home and there was such a potent smell.

“I asked my sister if she was using nail polish remover, but she replied no and said it was coming from my bike.

“I smelt the bike and I immediately thought something might be wrong so I thought the safest thing to do would be to get the bike out of the flat.

“When the bike exploded, I panicked. I thought my family was going to die, especially if I hadn’t moved it. My sister and I ran back into the flat and called 999.”

The video has been released by London Fire Brigade (LFB) and reinforces why it has been running its #ChargeSafe campaign.

ChargeSafe aims to highlight the fire risks associated with lithium batteries commonly used with e-bikes.

The Brigade has been called to 52 e-bike and 12 e-scooter fires so far in 2023, including one incident that sadly proved to be fatal on New Year’s Day.

LFB Deputy Commissioner Dom Ellis said: “Although we can’t be sure why this particular battery failed, we do know that Avi’s e-bike was purchased second-hand and that an additional battery pack, bought from an online marketplace, had been fitted.

“Cheaper batteries purchased from online sources which don’t necessarily adhere to UK safety regulations are more likely to fail and present an increased fire risk.

“Our advice is also to buy from a reputable seller. As the video clearly shows, once the bike goes into thermal runaway, it can lead to a rapid and ferocious fire.

“Thankfully, Avi and his family were unharmed. There’s no doubt this could have been a lot more serious which is why our advice is to store these items in a safe location if possible, such as a garage or a shed rather than inside the home.”

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Mr Gooransingh says the experience has put him off having an e-bike or scooter.

He said: “I’m definitely shaken up by what happened and I’m definitely not having one in my home again.”

“If you do own an e-bike or scooter, I would recommend charging and storing it outside, and if you can’t, then seriously think about whether you should buy one.”

LFB has issued some safety tips for e-bike and e-scooter users, including urging people not to block escape routes.

They also advise owners to check that the battery and charger meet UK safety standards and to always use the correct and official charger from a reputable seller.

People must also let the battery cool before charging, unplug the charger once it’s finished charging and fit alarms wherever they may charge.

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