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Woman's purse explodes in checkout line

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New Jersey (KWWL) -

Checking out at the store turns into an emergency when a woman's purse explodes.

It happened in New Jersey. Surveillance video shows the smoke pouring out of her bag.

The lithium battery inside her personal vaporizer exploded.  "Terrifying, scary... It sounded like a gunshot. It sounded like a bomb went off," said Mara McInerney.

Lithium batteries are used because they pack a lot of energy into a little package, but they're also delicate. A tiny crack can cause a big problem.

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