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A Tesla Model S literally burst into flames in a Chinese parking garage

Thankfully, no one was injured.

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If there’s one thing Telsa doesn’t want you to see, it’s certainly this video of one of its Model S electric vehicles suddenly bursting into flames in a parking garage in China. It’s bad, like really bad. And thanks to the internet, the footage is spreading like wildfire on some of China’s biggest social platforms.

The video was originally shared on Twitter from user Jay in Shangai. The video shows a first-generation Tesla Model S parked in a parking garage somewhere in Shangai, China. Suddenly, out of nowhere, billows of smoke can be found making its way from under the car into the garage. A few seconds later, the car violently bursts into flames. It’s pretty intense. You can watch the video of the incident above or via this tweet.

A second video was later uploaded to show the fire’s aftermath:

Naturally, Tesla issued an official statement via Weibo, as well as providing one to Reuters:

After learning about the incident in Shanghai, we dispatched a team to the scene last night as soon as possible. We are actively liaising with the relevant departments and cooperating with the verification of the situation. According to the current information, there we no casualties.

Could this be an isolated incident? Sure, it’s entirely possible. Heck, it’s even possible that this video was staged. Who knows, but given the company’s track record with its cars spontaneity catching on fire, this could potentially be a bigger issue.

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