NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — The NYPD has recalled nearly 3,000 body cameras worn by police officers on patrol after one camera exploded inside of a precinct on Staten Island, according to WPIX.
A Vievu model LE-5 body camera exploded moments after an officer wearing it noticed the device beginning to smoke and immediately took it off, according to a release from the NYPD.
The officer retrieved the body cam for a midnight patrol and saw the smoke exiting the bottom of the portal. Once the officer took the camera off, it exploded, police said.
As a result, the department has suspended the use and distribution of the LE-5 model cameras effective immediately, police said.
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Further investigation revealed that the battery inside of the camera ignited, the department said.
No injuries were reported.
The department says that police officers equipped with Vievu model LE-4 body cameras are not affected by this incident, and will continue to use them as required.