One of my biggest fears about cars is a battery explosion, and for good reason: lead and acid come together in a plastic container to make electricity and a ton of
nitrogen hydrogen (thanks, guys…wasn’t completely awake), which is the exact same gas that took care of the Hindenburg. All of that gas builds up inside of the case and there is always a tiny amount of gas seepage, but if everything is tight with the connections then the chance of spark is eliminated and everything is ok.
Not for this guy. According to the store manager who sent in this picture, the phrase says it all: “I tried to start my boat and heard a bang.” Yeah, I bet he heard one alright…I’ve seen cases get soft and batteries get hot, but to see a battery that blew half of the case off the side tells me that was a no-shit explosion. I can only assume that the batteries were covered and the acid was contained. There is certainly a mess to clean up, both in the battery compartment and in the Captain’s chair.
Safety, people! Check your stuff if it’s been sitting for a while!