Plane fire shows battery risk

Lithium units hold more energy, are harder to extinguish

Posted: January 14, 2013 at 3:11 a.m.

Special-operations vehicles surround a Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner jet parked at a gate at Logan International Airport in Boston last week after a fire aboard the passenger jet caused “severe damage” to a battery unit.

When firefighters at Boston’s Logan International Airport opened a hatch of a burning Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner, they encountered a hazard from something almost ubiquitous in modern life: lithium-based batteries.

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Business, Pages 19 on 01/14/2013