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Tesla Battery Fire Causes Major Highway Closure in Illinois

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A Tesla electric vehicle caught fire while traveling on a highway in Illinois, prompting a major emergency response.

The occupants safely escaped the burning car before it was pulled over.

Firefighters from multiple departments worked for nearly three hours to extinguish the fire, which involved the lithium-ion battery entering a dangerous thermal runaway state with temperatures up to 1000 degrees.

The chemical reactions in an EV battery fire can cause reignition later, posing challenges for firefighters.

Water and hazardous materials teams were needed to fully douse the flames.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed for over three hours during the incident.

The event has shed light on the fire risks associated with lithium-ion batteries in EVs.

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