Nearly 3,000 body-cams pulled after one explodes at NYC precinct.

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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 03: New York Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant Joseph Freer demonstrates how to use and operate a body camera during a media press conference on December 3, 2014 in New York City. The NYPD is beginning a trial exploring the use of body cameras; starting Friday NYPD officers in three different […]

The NYPD has suspended the use of nearly 3,000 body cameras worn by officers on patrol.

According to a release from the NYPD, a Vievu model LE-5 body cam exploded after the officer wearing it noticed the device started to smoke and quickly took it off.

No one was injured when the camera burst into flames.

The NYPD stated they are currently investigating the cause of the explosion, saying: “The incident revealed a potential for the battery inside the camera to ignite. The cause and scope of the defect are currently being investigated.”

Officers say this incident has not affected use of older body-cam models, which continue to be used by the majority of officers.

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