Saturday, May 18 2013 11:05 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:05:44 GMT
Check your ticket to see if you have the winning Powerball numbers: Tonight's $600 million jackpot is the largest jackpot in Powerball history and the second largest among U.S. Lottery jackpots. FingersMore >>
Check your ticket to see if you have the winning Powerball numbers.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:10:01 GMT
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis native bested IndyCar racing's big-name teams by claiming his first 500 poleMore >>
Ed Carpenter knew he was capable of another fast run, and it earned him the pole for the Indianapolis 500.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:14:03 GMT
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University. About 250 Indiana Democrats and others attendedMore >>
A new interactive display that documents the lives and accomplishments of Indiana's politically prominent Bayh family has opened at Indiana State University.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:05:05 GMT
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines. The wind farm'sMore >>
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:00:45 GMT
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March. Purdue treasurer Al Diaz tellsMore >>
A Purdue University official says the school has made fast progress finding $40 million in savings or new revenue to support a two-year tuition freeze announced in March.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:45:02 GMT
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown. Oxbow led from start to finish. It was the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and 15th Triple CrownMore >>
Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:23:35 GMT
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation. The Justice department reportMore >>
A new federal report says inmates at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis are more likely to be sexually abused by guards than inmates at any other jail in the nation.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:56:07 GMT
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment. The day's festivities startedMore >>
Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant a lot more than just racing. This was a family affair with a little bit of something for everyone for non-stop entertainment.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:03 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:03:11 GMT
It's less about the lemonade and more about the lesson. More than 20,000 local children got their first taste of the business world Saturday when they took part in Lemonade Day. The work behind JohnMore >>
It's less about the lemonade and more about the lesson.More >>
INDIANAPOLIS - Angie Dickerson recalls a long, sleepless night at her family's Jamestown home that literally began with a bang.
"I heard this pop, very loud pop, and next thing the smoke detector starts going off. I knew immediately something was wrong," she said.
After searching the house, Dickerson eventually traced the loud noise and source of the smoke to something inside her smoke detector.
"I opened it up and found pieces that came off the battery and realized it exploded," she said, pointing to a damaged 9-volt battery sitting on her kitchen table. "It was hot -- very hot -- and it was very obvious the minute I opened it up. I realized it blew out the back and one of the cells was open so I knew immediately it exploded."
Dickerson called 13 Investigates to share her story -- and we quickly discovered she is not alone.
Explosions heard around the world
The internet is full of photographs and video from people who've experienced the same thing: popular alkaline batteries exploding in remote controls, smoke alarms, flashlights, computer mouses and other household gadgets.
And on internet message boards, consumers worldwide describe the same "loud pop," "bang," "hiss," or "sizzling noise" that comes with an exploded alkaline battery. Whether they are 9-volt, AA, AAA, C or D size batteries, all are capable of exploding. Few consumers are aware of that potential – despite fine print on the side of the batteries warning about the risk of explosion. When it happens, it can be downright dangerous.
"There is a cylinder that comes flying out … like a bullet and they blow up like a firecracker in your face," said Judi Schwalbach after she and her husband were injured by an exploding C battery in their Michigan home.
Dave Schwalbach had just removed the battery from a speaker when it blew up, spraying debris and acid into his face and eyes.
"It literally blew up in our face," Judi explained a few days after the incident.
"You end up forming hydrogen gas and you're forming hydrogen gas in a sealed metal container," Mueller explained. "Any time you generate gas in a sealed metal container, that's called a bomb, and that's literally what happens. The pressure will build up until the casing bursts, and then the highly corrosive material will leak out and can be quite a mess."
That's why most alkaline batteries have warnings – albeit tiny ones – telling consumers they could explode. Those warnings instruct not to insert an alkaline battery the wrong direction, expose it to high heat, or charge a non-rechargeable battery. All of those mistakes can prompt explosion.
But Dickerson insists she didn't do any of those things to cause her battery to explode. (She used a battery specifically recommended by the smoke alarm manufacturer.) And other consumers say their batteries also blew up during normal, proper use.
Dr Mueller says, somehow, those batteries were likely exposed to energy, which prompted them to explode.
"Anytime I would apply any type of voltage to the battery, I take a chance of producing the [hydrogen] gas and, as a result, the battery exploding," he said.
But the longtime chemist says alkaline batteries -- sold in their current form since 1949 – have a good safety record.
"They are very reliable and relatively safe," said Mueller. "You just have to take precautions."
Battery manufacturers agree. Duracell says explosions are very rare, but the company admits they can happen.
"With any battery that's a possibility because contents are under pressure," said Duracell spokesman Kurt Iverson. "We sell millions of batteries. A lot of things happen."
After what happened to Angie Dickerson, she says she'll never look at batteries the same way again.
"I had no clue batteries could explode," Dickerson said. "It makes me respect a battery a great deal more."
To help reduce the chances of a battery explosion, safety experts recommend:
--Never handle a very hot battery. Wait for it to cool.
--Remove alkaline batteries from any device you won't be using for several months.
--Do not mix old and new batteries – or batteries of different brands – in the same device.
--Keep batteries away from high heat and fire.
--Make sure batteries are not inserted backwards.
--Never attempt to re-charge batteries that are non-rechargeable
Tips from Duracell:
1. Don't store batteries in the refrigerator or freezer. Batteries are best kept in a dry place at normal room temperature. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat or cold can reduce battery life and/or quality. Allowing cold batteries to slowly warm up to normal room temperature (10C-25C) should restore normal operation.
2. Be prepared with spare batteries for important occasions. Do you really want to miss a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity because you don't have spare batteries for your camera? Buy batteries with the longest freshness date available, and use those on hand with the closest freshness date first.
3. Replace all your device's batteries at the same time. Mixing old and new batteries, or batteries of different types or brands, in a device can lead to battery leakage and device damage.
4. Be sure to align your battery's positive (+) and negative (-) terminals correctly when inserting them into a device. Some devices may appear to work properly if one battery is inserted incorrectly, but this can lead to battery leakage or rupture.
5. Remove batteries from a device when it is not expected to be in use for several months. Batteries should also be removed from equipment while it is being powered by household (AC) current.
6. Always replace the battery or batteries in your equipment with the size and type of battery specified by the equipment manufacturer. Using the wrong type or size could cause malfunction or equipment damage.
7. Do not store batteries loosely or carry them loose in your pocket or purse. They can be shorted by contact with metal objects and leak or rupture.
8. Primary batteries should be discarded with your regular household trash. Never dispose of batteries in fire.
9. Never attempt to recharge a battery unless the battery specifically is marked "rechargeable."
10. Keep battery contact surfaces and battery compartment contacts clean by rubbing them with a clean pencil eraser or a clean cloth each time you replace batteries.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:40:00 GMT
Allison Jacob of Indianapolis who is a junior at Ball State University where she's majoring in Communications and Public Relations was named the 2013 500 Festival Queen on Saturday morning. She graduatedMore >>
Ball State student Allison Jacob named 2013 500 Festival Queen. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:18 AM EDT2013-05-18 08:18:20 GMT
The winning numbers were drawn Friday night in the $190 million Mega Millions jackpot. The winning numbers were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49, with a MegaBall number of 41. Saturday night, numbers will be drawnMore >>
The winning numbers were 11, 15, 35, 43, 49, with a MegaBall number of 41.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 3:18 PM EDT2013-05-17 19:18:48 GMT
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her life, but nothing like he one she got Wednesday morning. CeCe, a waitress at the Steak 'n Shake restaurant at Keystone and 54th Street, receivedMore >>
CeCe Bruce has received a couple of large tips in her career, but nothing like the one she got Wednesday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:43 AM EDT2013-05-18 10:43:31 GMT
A car came very close to crashing into someone's home near Lawrence. It started with a brief police chase after the officer tried to pull the driver over for a traffic stop. It ended on Conreid Drive,More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:14 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:14:33 GMT
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Peter Busch, whose father Frank oversees the American program, is a newsMore >>
The son of the U.S. national swim team director is reporting that Michael Phelps is planning a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:58:30 GMT
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million. The deal to bring Freeney to the Chargers came four days after outside linebackerMore >>
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a two-year deal with star pass rusher Dwight Freeney that could be worth $13.35 million.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:06 AM EDT2013-05-18 05:06:01 GMT
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses. Indiana University Health implementedMore >>
Visitors and employees of Indiana University Health will no longer be able to buy sugary drinks from cafeterias, vending machines and gift shops on hospital campuses.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:19 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:19:05 GMT
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks. After Indiana's shootaround Saturday morning, coach Frank Vogel did not say whether Hill had passed hisMore >>
Point guard George Hill will be a game-time decision as the Pacers try to close out the Knicks.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:13 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:13:48 GMT
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding. Efforts started under the WeedMore >>
A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:59:44 GMT
A mother is pleading with police and her neighbors to try and find the driver who struck her son in a hit and run crash. Daniel Lopez is in critical condition, fighting for his life at the hospital. PoliceMore >>
Police still don't know who struck seven-year-old Daniel Lopez, who remains in critical condition in a coma. More >>