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E-Bike Explodes Under Australian Man, Causes Bush Fire

— Nine News Adelaide (@9NewsAdel) January 14, 2019

An Australian man was cruising up a hill on his electric road bike (a modified Pinarello Dogma F8, for the bike nerds out there) when the battery caught fire and exploded, resulting in a small bush fire on the side of the road. The bike, while not electric in its stock configuration, was modified with an electric hub motor rear wheel, according to Forbes.

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The rider attempted to put out the fire himself, but was forced to back off when the CO2 cartridges in his saddle bag overheated and started exploding. In the video, the carbon frame appears completely melted from the heat. A passing fire truck eventually put out the blaze, and the rider was treated for minor burns. 

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