Exploding batteries found in Suffolk

COUNTERFEIT exploding batteries have been discovered by a shopper in Suffolk. A shocked Suffolk resident alerted the county's trading standards officers after the batteries that he removed from a torch exploded.

COUNTERFEIT exploding batteries have been discovered by a shopper in Suffolk.

Trading standards officers were alerted after the batteries exploded after being removed from a torch.

The two AA batteries were branded as Duracell, however checks with the company that makes Duracell, Proctor and Gamble, confirmed they were fake.

Officers from Suffolk County Council's trading standards department have since begun an investigation into how the batteries ended up available for unsuspecting consumers to buy.

Officers reminded residents that they should only by batteries from reputable stores.

It is believed that the fake batteries exploded because they did not have the specially designed cooling vent at the base of the battery. This allows any heat generated when they are being used to escape safely and so prevents them from overheating and exploding.

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Anyone who knows of fake batteries being sold should report them direct to trading standards on 01473 264868.

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