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Chemicals spill at Tesla battery factory, no serious injuries, officials say

Members of the media tour the Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, which produces lithium-ion batteries for the electric-car maker.
James Glover II | Reuters
Members of the media tour the Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, which produces lithium-ion batteries for the electric-car maker.

Emergency workers were investigating a hazardous material spill at Tesla's Gigafactory battery plant in Nevada on Monday, but there were no significant injuries and no threat to the public, authorities said.

"There was no threat to the public, no plumes or anything," said Joe Curtis, director of emergency management for Nevada's Storey County, who said the fire department was on the scene identifying the spilled hazardous material.

Curtis said the incident was isolated to a small area of the sprawling building located outside of Sparks, Nevada, which is ramping up production of batteries for the electric vehicle maker. Tesla did not immediately return an email seeking comment.