On Saturday afternoon a dive computer battery exploded in hall 3 of the Boot Dusseldorf show.
The Düsseldorf International Boat Show, known as Boot Düsseldorf or just “Boot” is one of the world’s premier boat shows. The fair is held annually at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany at the end of January and has a whole hall dedicated to diving of all types.
According to official reports, twelve people were seen and examined by a team of doctors directly on site. Five of them were then taken to hospital for further examination with a blast trauma and one person with cuts on his arm. We understand none of the injuries were serious.
Witnesses onsite have told DeeperBlue.com that the computer was on the Heinrichs Weikamp stand, whose computers have Lithium-Ion based batteries based on specifications on their website. These types of batteries have been known to explode, with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catching fire and subsequent global recall being the most high profile of recent years.
Boot management report that the rescue procedures went smoothly. Initially, the Messe Düsseldorf fire brigade was on site, immediately followed by the professional fire brigade arriving at the fairgrounds.