London bus explosion: Five electric buses go up in a fireball – smoke seen for miles

Posted: May 22, 2022 by oldbrew in Batteries, flames, News

BYD electric bus, London [image credit: China Daily]

Getting to be a monotonously regular thing. Insurers and fire brigades won’t need telling that. What about the travelling public? Hard to tell from the footage which type of e-bus it was, so may or may not be like the one pictured here.
[Update 1: A BBC report shows pictures of some buses that appear similar to the one pictured and says up to seven may be on fire]
[Update 2: BBC reported six buses caught fire, two electric and four diesel]
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FIVE electric double decker buses have exploded at the Potters Bar Bus Garage near London, reports the Daily Express.

Video footage posted on line shows flames and thick black smoke billowing skywards from the garage in the High Street, as by-standers watch on in horror.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said six fire engines had been sent to the scene. The fire brigade urged the public to avoid the area and said the emergency could last for a “long time”.

Full report here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    BBC: ‘People reported on Twitter that the smoke could be seen in St Albans, about 11 miles (18km) away.’

  2. stpaulchuck says:

    “unexpectedly”, don’t forget to say “unexpectedly” /s

  3. catweazle666 says:

    Anyone fancy an old Tesla battery in the kitchen as part of their solar energy installation?

  4. Saighdear says:

    Ha ha ha,,,,,….. and the bbc and other media are all over it with their coverage ( aren’t they ?)

  5. Chaswarnertoo says:

    All that smoke for a zero emissions vehicle…[ that’s coal fired ]..
    Seem to be an awful lot of ‘accidents’ involving vehicles on fire in general, compared to before EVs became a thing…

  6. oldbrew says:

    From The Sun report:

  7. Gamecock says:

    “Since March 2000, Metroline has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore based ComfortDelGro; one of the world’s largest passenger land transport companies.”

    Don’t know about these people, but big companies usually don’t use insurance.

    Pending grand irony would be the end of EVs due to their becoming uninsurable. The U.S. Muscle Car Era ended when the fabulous cars could no longer be insured.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Potters Bar fire: Police investigating bus depot blaze

    The fire service confirmed that a joint fire and police investigation was taking place.

    “This is likely to take some time due to the size of the fire,” a fire service spokesman said.

    Hertfordshire Police said investigators were still working at the scene to establish the cause.

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