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Old 04-14-2010, 09:16 AM
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Batteries blamed for blast at San Diego FedEx
(AP) – 34 minutes ago
SAN DIEGO — San Diego authorities say a package explosion at a FedEx warehouse appears to have been sparked by batteries and was not intentional.
City fire spokesman Maurice Luque (loo-KAY') says two lithium batteries in a box made contact and exploded shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday at the building in the Miramar neighborhood.
However, FedEx Corp. spokesman Rob Boulware says the batteries were nickel-cadmium.
Police Lt. Dan Christman say employees who were sorting packages were about 6 feet away from the cardboard box when it exploded. They reported a flash and a smell like gunpowder, but nobody was hurt.
The building was evacuated until a police bomb squad determined the cause of the blast.
Boulware says the only damage was to the package, and FedEx is working to identify the shipper.
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