Tesla Car Chase Ends In Flaming Car Wreck Explosion So Violent It Is Confused For Fireworks

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With GM recalling virtually every car it has made since emerging from bankruptcy, another maker of flaming paperweights has quietly managed to slip through the cracks of public attention. So it was perhaps well-timed, if only for GM, that over the weekend we not only learned, but saw footage, of what happens when a Tesla is involved in a Police chase that results in a lamp post crash. Nothing short of complete obliteration.

As KTLA reported, "a stolen Tesla involved in a fiery crash split into two following a pursuit that ended in West Hollywood early Friday, leaving seven people injured, police said. The incident began when police received a call from a Tesla dealership stating that an individual was “tampering or messing with” one of the vehicles, according to Sgt. Campbell with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division.  Officers responded to the dealership and a pursuit began at about 12:45 a.m., Campbell said.

The good news, if only for Tesla car snatchers, "during the pursuit, the Tesla reached speeds of up to 100 mph. Also: better than a Bronco for aspiring wife murderers.

However, the car chase was not to last: the pursuit ended on La Brea Avenue between Fountain and Lexington avenues a short time later when the driver of the Tesla hit two other cars and a lamp post, Campbell said.

A witness told KTLA that the Tesla hit the pole and split in half, and that part of the vehicle landed on top of a white car.

“There were fires after that that broke out,” Eric Martinez said. “I saw the firefighters — like 25 firefighters – standing around the white car with the Jaws of Life.” Martinez added that at one point, explosions could be heard.

“We originally thought it was fireworks. Everybody thought it was fireworks that were just exploding,” he said.

And there you have another marketing opportunity: Optional fireworks flaming end: $995.99 extra.

The Tesla sure did not go quietly: in total, the Tesla collided with four vehicles, injuring a total of 6 victims, before splitting in two, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

But the best news for the flaming paperweight: not even the driver managed to die.

The man driving the Tesla — who was ejected from the vehicle — was originally thought to have died, but he was resuscitated while en route to a hospital, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.


Two LAPD officers were injured during the pursuit when their vehicle hit the center divider, according to LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh.


The officers complained of pain and were taken to a local hospital, Borihanh said, adding that they were later released and did not sustain injuries.

And of course, as Bloomberg followed up, Tesla Motos, Inc. seemingly unable to grasp how its car could i) split in two and ii) proceed to explode in a fiery wreck, has said it wants to study the remnants of a stolen Model S sedan that split in half and burned after a high-speed chase and collision in Los Angeles.

“We’ve asked to take a look at the vehicle as soon as that’s possible,” Simon Sproule, a company spokesman, said in a phone interview. “There aren’t so many S’s involved in major crashes, and certainly not quite like this one, so we absolutely want to have a look to understand what happened.”

Indeed, a post mortem investigation is probably not a bad idea. And furthermore, if anything, recalling all those tens of thousands of Model S cars sold is probably not such a bad idea. After all just look at GM - after admitting its work product was absolutely abysmal, and the company didn't care about the lives of its customers if it meant higher EPS, resulting in nearly 30 million recalls in 6 months, GM managed to sell more cars in June than any time since Lehman. It almost appears as if Americans, bored with their lives, and certainly the stock market, are eager to experience the excitement of a violent, flaming death.

As for the Tesla, a clip of what happened is below.

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:14 | 4931153 nmewn
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Because all cars burst into flames on impact.

So...SHUT UP!!! ;-)

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:20 | 4931172 Headbanger
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Because Obama

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:29 | 4931191 Stackers
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What happens when you puncture a lithium ion battery


Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:32 | 4931202 nink
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And that's why all Teslas have windscreen eject a seats

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:49 | 4931232 Keyser
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Lithium Ion is by far has the least reaction when fractured and exposed to air... You want fireworks, then puncture a Lithium Polymer battery... Not sure why Tesla has not switched to LiFE packs as they pull far more amps than Lithium Ion and charge 4 times faster... 



Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:39 | 4931329 Headbanger
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:57 | 4931373 smithcreek
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Flaming balls of Sigmund.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:12 | 4931574 redpill
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"And furthermore, if anything, recalling all those tens of thousands of Model S cars sold is probably not such a bad idea."

Recalling them for what?  Pretty sure no car would have survived that ordeal in very good shape.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:17 | 4932023 SilverIsKing
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The Telsa engineers misunderstood the term 'stock split'.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:30 | 4932062 COSMOS
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All is ok folks, Elon knows better, he drives a Mercedes.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:47 | 4932131 redpill
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Notably no one expected Mercedes to issue a recall for the fireball following Michael Hasting's crash

Or what about the inferno that was the Porsche that Paul Walker was riding in?


While it was dumb luck in this case that the driver of the Tesla survived, it's pretty clear that fires are hard to avoid when you start running into things going over 100mph, and especially so if you have a giant tank of highly flammable gasoline in your car.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 20:13 | 4933707 Unknown User
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Thank Jesus the synagogue safely caught half of the car.

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:42 | 4936305 redpill
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I see what you did there

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:47 | 4931484 Overfed
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Dat's rayciss.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:43 | 4931333 BandGap
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Because oxidation.

The technology is being applied way before we fully understand it. Nature always gets her way.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:48 | 4931351 tony wilson
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not sure why tesla did not ask the fbi for the nikola tesla free energy motor paper work that would of been the cheapest option for humanity : )

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:56 | 4931953 redd_green
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Heh, yeah. right.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:50 | 4931355 Abi Normal
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See me fly, oooops!  Talk about electrifying.

I think they should just leave the rear end attached to the building, nice placement!

Hope all the innocents are going to be ok, prayers are with them.  As for the purp, may he rot in prison for a long while -- dumbass!

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:30 | 4931194 GetZeeGold
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Because Obama


Heh heh......Bush's fault.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:49 | 4931230 codecode
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it was Bush's low ratings that got Obama elected... so yep </sarc>

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:08 | 4931267 CheapBastard
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" Hecho en Merika."

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:04 | 4932233 RafterManFMJ
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Every time I have to ride in a friends GM product I carry a personal fire extinguisher and wear a Nomex hoodie.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:22 | 4931176 Disenchanted
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and all high rise bldgs collapse from kerosene fueled fires too...


Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:50 | 4931190 nmewn
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I had buddy of mine who was a blacksmith ;-)


Wait a minute, can't let this "Up In Smoke" story slip by:

Berkeley To Force Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients

"Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine,” said Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore."


Naturally, everything must be subsidized now, its just the right thing to do...soon to be covered under ObamaCare, pure genius!!!...lol.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:55 | 4931246 Silky Johnson
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Do they get free bag of Funions and a pint of Cherry Garcia also? WTF!?!

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:11 | 4931273 nmewn
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Hell yeah!

Its medicinal ;-)

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:58 | 4931958 redd_green
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Fritos, dude!  The barbecue kind!

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:35 | 4931322 shovelhead
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How come I can't get free Big Pharma meds?

Why don"t they force local drugstores to do the same?

Oh, never mind.

Nobody wants to drive them out of business.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:45 | 4931347 nmewn
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I'm not against pot smokers, I've always been for decriminalization instead of legalization.

This is what you get, taxation-subsidation-manipulation.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:13 | 4931579 americanreality
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Decrim, sure.  I'm against personal liberty and decision making as well.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:09 | 4931754 nmewn
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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:17 | 4932326 chumbawamba
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I don't think he thinks that word means what it doesn't mean.


Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:14 | 4932914 nmewn
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It sure had me stumped chumba and I'm still sober...maybe that's the problem...lol.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 08:31 | 4931199 Lewshine
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TSLA down 4.00 today...Up 10.00 tomorrow!! BULLLLLLLLLLLISH!

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:36 | 4931306 e_goldstein
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Buy The Fiery Dip.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:35 | 4931863 Jeremy Roenick
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Best kindling money can buy. 

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:05 | 4931260 BigJim
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 The incident began when police received a call from a Tesla dealership stating that an individual was “tampering or messing with” one of the vehicles

Musk will say it's not a typical incident because the Tesla had been 'tampered' with.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:19 | 4931286 firstdivision
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"Tesla Motos, Inc. seemingly unable to grasp how its car could i) split in two and ii) proceed to explode in a fiery wreck"

One would think that Tesla has 0 experienced engineers working for it.  I bet every engineer that works there is just a software engineer.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:54 | 4931511 boattrash
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My question, do you think the Stakeholders can prevent the wreckage from being looked at, just like the Federal Govt did in the case of the Michael Hastings wreckage?

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:23 | 4931294 post turtle saver
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typically when a car splits in half on impact, that's a bad thing... it's also not something usually tested for


Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:44 | 4931338 SF beatnik
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How the fuck does an ordinary car split in half?

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:50 | 4931358 post turtle saver
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it usually happens after the structure has been compromised in other ways... for example, a reckless high speed chase resulting in collisions with four other vehicles before hitting a post at speed... if the post isn't designed to break away (and not all of them are), then something has to give...

anyone who hasn't heard of a car splitting in half in a severe collision needs to get out more... happens more often than you think, and to some pretty high end stuff (Ferrari comes immediately to mind)...

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:51 | 4931359 firstdivision
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physics.  With enough Newtons, anything can be split in half.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:05 | 4932584 RafterManFMJ
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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:47 | 4931692 Robert Vesco
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Happens a lot.  Check out wreckedexotics.com.  

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:01 | 4931731 Robert Vesco
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Spoke too soon.  They  have already posted three pictures of this accident.   wreckedexotics.com

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:19 | 4931787 teslaberry
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you asked "How the fuck does an ordinary car split in half?"


the answer is 

 usually by separation of two symmetrical pieces, there are other ways to separate a 3dimensional shape into 2 parts, but usually when something separates in half its a clean 2 symmetrical cut like chopping a dick in 2 pieces by cutting it lengthwise or girthwise in halfsies. 


exotic splits can also happen to ordinary cars where a multitude of pieces are separated into two piles of equal size, and that way an object is split in half but not in any convventional sense. 


that would be like the hannibal lecter of automobiles way of splitting things in halfsies. by the way, anothony hopkins drives a tesla, cooindicence?

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:44 | 4931339 rubiconsolutions
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That looks like the first stage for one of Elon Musk's rockets. Perhaps there's some multiuse thing going on here. 

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:37 | 4931454 Dr. Kenneth Noi...
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You mean, like Porsche Carreras?

Some cars, like Ferraris or Ford Tempos, don't even need an impact to spontaneously burst into flames.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:55 | 4931507 holgerdanske
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"The incident began when police received a call from a Tesla dealership stating that an individual was “tampering or messing with” one of the vehicles, according to Sgt. Campbell with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division."

Tampering or messing with:

I guess that means the vehicle is out of warranty?

Very convenient.


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