By Joy Bergmann
Upper West Siders near 78th and Amsterdam heard a different sort of snap, crackle, pop on Sunday morning around 8:48 a.m. when a lithium-ion battery on an e-bike suddenly caught fire, causing mini explosions as it burned on the street, WSR witnessed and confirmed with firefighters at the scene.
Mini explosions as e-bike battery burns at 78th & Amsterdam around 9am Sunday. pic.twitter.com/2q0cfOiKrr
— Joy Bergmann (@JoyBergmann) January 2, 2022
A deliverista had been riding the e-bike. He told WSR that the fire started without warning and he didn’t know why. He added that he was not injured, “I’m OK.”
Firefighters at the scene said they’re seeing increasing incidences of lithium-ion batteries causing fires.