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knife recall

If you own this knife, get rid of it ASAP

January 27th, 2021

A battery-powered knife sold at a number of large retail chain stores is now being recalled due to its potential to spark a fire. The knife, which was sold at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, and Fleet Farm (just to name a few) has been on the market since 2011 and was sold nationwide. Approximately 128,000 …

gender reveal fire

Future parents spark wildfire during gender reveal party

September 7th, 2020

A gender reveal party sparked a wildfire that has already consumed 7,000 acres and forced widespread evacuations. A “pyrotechnic” device was used at the party and that, combined with the dry conditions, created an uncontrollable blaze.  No charges have been filed, but a similar incident in 2018 resulted in the gender revealers having to pay …

tortoise house fire

Pet tortoise blamed for setting family’s house on fire

December 28th, 2019

Firefighters responding to a blaze in the town of Great Dunmow in England found a home filled with smoke and a fire that had already caused some damage in one of the interior rooms. The responders were able to save the house as well as the only occupant who was home at the time of …

Laptop battery fire recall

Watch this recalled laptop set an entire room on fire

March 26th, 2018

Most of the electronic gadgets we use are powered by lithium-ion batteries, and very occasionally, those lithium-ion batteries can malfunction. When they do, they have a tendency to burn or explode, and the results can be catastrophic. Exhibit A: Security camera footage from a plastic fabrication company in Letchworth, England. The video shows an HP …

Firefighter AR Smart Visor

These AR glasses give firefighters Predator-style thermal vision

May 26th, 2016

Augmented reality might factor in to the future of firefighting. This week, a team from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a research institute in Switzerland, revealed the smart visor they have been working on that will help firefighters see through smoke and darkness while simultaneously freeing up their hands and allowing them to do their …

6000 Matches Go Up In Flames

Video: Man lights 6,000 matches and the result is mesmerizing

March 27th, 2016

Lining up and then knocking down upwards of 6,000 dominos is certainly interesting, but we’ll do you one better. Recently, the HTD YouTube channel thought it’d be a good idea to line up 6,000 matches in close proximity, light a lone match, and then record what happens next. Suffice it to say, the end result …