Battery Used in Boston Marathon Bombing Made by Tenergy Corp

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 11:46 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Tenergy Corporation believes a battery it manufactured was used in the Boston Marathon bombings Monday that killed three people and injured more than 150.

A photograph from the scene of the explosions has been making the media rounds (below). It shows wires attached to the same kind of battery made by Tenergy based in Fremont, Calif.

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Bomb experts say the battery pack appears to have been used to ignite whatever blasting cap device was used to set off the bomb, according to NBC News.

"Everyone at Tenergy is deeply saddened by the recent events at the Boston Marathon. Our hearts and thoughts are with the victims and their families," read a statement released by Tenergy Wednesday. "We were appalled to discover that one of our off-the-shelf products was used in such a horrific and senseless act of hate. We have contacted both the FBI and the Boston Police and will assist in any way possible to help identify the responsible parties."

Tenergy said the battery is manufactured in China and is typically used to power things like remote control cars. The product is widely available in the United States and online.

Tenergy executive Benjamin Mull told NBC that while the company can help identify the model and batch number of the battery pack, it may be difficult to pinpoint that to a particular store or purchase date.

Other photos have leaked from the scene of the twin bombings, including one of a partially blown-apart black backpack, leading to a massive crowd-sourcing effort on social news sites Reddit and 4chan. Amateur detectives there pored over photos from the race to try and identify anyone in the crowd who looked suspicious or was carrying a backpack similar to the one in the police photo.

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Law enforcement officials confirmed Wednesday that they have obtained an image of a potential suspect from a department store's video surveillance. The man is reportedly seen dropping off a bag at the site of the bombings and then walking away. The photo has not been released to the public, but the FBI is reportedly working to identify the man. No arrests have been made.


 

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