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Transport Of Batteries Under DOT Watch

December 7th, 1999 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat

The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) is aware of incidents where heat generated by batteries or devices that contain batteries have caused smoke and/or the initiation of a fire while the article was in transport. RSPA has issued an advisory that electrical storage devices or articles that contain batteries are forbidden from transport unless properly prepared and packaged. Incidents involving a smoking air-shipment of lithium batteries, a smoking air-shipment of lawnmowers, passenger suitcases that contained camcorders and other products with installed batteries have all created dangerous incidents that interrupted the transport and endangered those who came into contact with the shipments. Docket Number RSPA-98-4185 (HM215C) identified the conditions that must be met before dry batteries may be offered for transport in commerce. Refer to 172.102 and 173.21 to begin researching the proper packaging requirements for these batteries.

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