GM Warren Tech Center explosion aftermath

Early reports are filtering in this morning of an explosion at a General Motors Technical Center battery research lab in Warren, Michigan. According to The Detroit News, a battery exploded injuring one or two people.

According to the report, Warren's fire department received a call at around 9AM this morning, only to find two injured and "a small fire" stemming from the explosion. A General Motors spokesman apparently put the number of injured parties at one, so there is still some confusion about the number of people affected by the incident at this point.

A HAZMAT team was dispatched to the Tech Center and the building has been evacuated, with all employees accounted for. Detroit NBC affiliate WXYZ is on the scene with a live feed that you can watch here. The extent of the injuries and damage, along with what caused the explosion, are not immediately clear, but we will have more details as they become available, so stay tuned.

*UPDATE: Video added after the jump.
** UPDATE: In a statement added after the jump, GM now says the explosion was caused by "extreme testing of a prototype battery" that is "unrelated to the Chevrolet Volt or any other production vehicle."



GM Statement:

WARREN, Mich. – We are aware of an incident this morning about 8:45 a.m. in one of the
laboratories at the Alternative Energy Center at the General Motors Technical Center in
Warren, Mich. Fire and emergency authorities were called to the scene. The building was
evacuated. All employees have been accounted for. We are aware of five employees
being evaluated on scene by medical personal and only one employee is being further
treated.

The incident is still under investigation by GM and the Warren authorities. Any
information or discussion of the nature of the work in the lab or cause of the incident is
entirely speculative and cannot be confirmed at this time.

GM Statement Addition:

The incident was unrelated to the Chevrolet Volt or any other production vehicle. The incident was related to extreme testing on a prototype battery.