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Officer's flashlight blows up twice after being left in his vehicle

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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A Northampton Officer's flashlight that had been left in his vehicle "blew up" twice late Friday night police say.

Officer David Netto told Western Mass News the unidentified officer had parked his car at the police station to get something inside when it happened. This was during the 8 o'clock hour Friday night. 

"The flashlight blew up in the car twice," he explained, "It was caught on surveillance camera, that's how we know it was twice."

While Netto didn't know the brand of the flashlight, he did say that it had a Lithium-Ion battery.

"Just like the hoverboards...we think it was the Lithium-Ion battery," he said.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has been investigating issues with hoverboards, which are made with Lithium-Ion batteries.  They've been linked to a number of reported fires nationwide.

While Northampton police haven't been able to officially confirm that's what caused the flashlight to explode, he said "that's a pretty good guess" as to what happened.

The officer wasn't injured.

A State Police Bomb Squad was called in.

"They went to Meadows (a field) and blew it up," explained Netto.

Western Mass News has put in a request for that surveillance video and for more information on the type of flashlight this officer had. 

The Northampton Police Department continues to investigate this incident.

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