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Old Aug 14, 2003, 01:26 PM
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I always try to be precise in my use of language. The word "firsthand" was specifically included because descriptions of similar incidents previous to Dimberio's were best efforts at reconstructing what had happened when someone was out of the room rather than eyewitness accounts.

Preciseness in language is important. Ten people can watch the same thing happen and provide 10 different accounts of what happened. Some of that is due to differences in the way people perceive things and some of it is due to differences in the way people express themselves. When all of the reports are read carefully, a wide variety of descriptions can be seen. Sometimes the cells puff up, sometimes they smoke, sometimes they burn, sometimes they stay in one spot, sometimes they vent and move and, in at least a couple of cases, they appear to have come apart with a violence that is more like what you would expect from a hard-case Li-ion.

It's not easy to sort through all of these various descriptions and try to understand which wording is a variation in someone's perception versus physical differences in the events. But without understanding all of the variables, it's not possible to prepare for and guard against everything that can possibly go wrong.
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