Queens councilwoman declares ‘state of emergency’ over fires caused by exploding lithium-ion batteries


FDNY fire marshals have determined that exploding lithium-ion batteries on e-bikes have caused more than two dozen fires injuring nearly 40 people and killing two already this year. The frequency of the blazes linked to the recharging of the batteries is four times higher than this time last year.

“These are incredibly dangerous devices and we must make sure that members of the community are handling them properly and using them safely,” FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said during a public safety briefing at City Hall on Friday, Feb. 24.