5 Injured after serious blast at GM’s Tech Center, one in hospital image

A lithium-ion battery exploded this morning at about 9 AM at GM’s Warren Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, injuring five people according to General Motors.

GM was investigating the incident at the Alternative Energy Center on the sprawling campus of its GM Technical Center in Warren, Mich. and said it planned to provide updates as more details become available.

“ Fire and emergency authorities were called to the scene. The building was evacuated. All employees have been accounted for.

We are aware of five employees being evaluated on scene by medical personal and only one employee is being further treated. “

A woman working in a battery research laboratory was taken to St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt (Skip) McAdams said.

“She is conscious; she’s in a lot of pain. She’s a ‘Priority 2,’ which means she has life-threatening injuries,” McAdams said.

A source at GM who requested anonymity said the incident had occurred in an auto battery lab and that a few hundred workers in the building were evacuated as a precaution.

“This is in no way, shape or form connected to the Volt,” said the GM source, referring to the plug-in electric hybrid Chevrolet Volt.

The battery lab, which was recently expanded, is where GM engineers test, validate, and monitor the performance of lithium-ion cells from various different manufacturers.
The center is where GM, the world’s largest automaker, developed the Volt and researches electric-vehicle batteries.