French recycling plant on fire housing 900 tonnes of lithium batteries

February 19, 2024

Some 900 tonnes of lithium batteries were on fire at a battery recycling plant in southern France, authorities said on Sunday, sending a cloud of thick black smoke into the sky above the site. In January 2023, a large fire broke out in a Normandy warehouse storing car components and thousands of lithium batteries, which was brought under control without causing any casualties. French media showed thick smoke over the Viviez site and newspaper Le Monde reported that up to 70 firefighters were battling to get the fire under control. Firefighters respond as a warehouse burns, which houses lithium batteries and is owned by French recycling group SNAM, in Viviez, north of Toulouse, France February 17, 2024 in this image obtained from social media. Charles Giusti, a local official in the Aveyron prefecture which includes Viviez, said on BFM television there was no danger to people living nearby.

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