Tesla Model S Catches Fire While Driving In Santa Monica Boulevard

A Tesla Model S owned by director Michael Morris, the husband of actress Mary McCormack, has burst into flames not after a crash, but while driving down the street.

McCormack claims that her spouse was driving the electric sedan on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles when a fellow motorist flagged him down and said the car was on fire. He quickly pulled over, hoped out, and waited for authorities to arrive on the scene as the Tesla continued to sizzle on the side of the road.

“No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over. And thank god my three little girls weren’t in the car with him,” she posted on Twitter.

Shortly after police shut down part of the road, fire crews arrived on scene but it’s unclear if the blaze was still on or had been extinguished.

Tesla says it has offered its support to local authorities and is investigating the incident.

A few years ago, Tesla outfitted the Model S with additional underbody protection after a series of cars caught fire when their batteries were punctured by objects on the road. However, it remains to be seen if a possible battery puncture is what caused this fire, or if it was instead triggered by some kind of electrical fault.

The good news is that a. no one was injured, and b. this is not an Autopilot-related issue. The bad news is that it’s another high-profile incident involving a Tesla. Guess Elon Musk won’t be too happy about that.

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    Catching on fire out of the blue you say? Well, it’s not like that hasn’t happened to any other car, but just out of curiosity: Did the battery pack reignite by any chance? I’m asking for a friend.

    • D3X

      Indeed the lithium batteries are what’s igniting in the video. Very dangerous and the fumes are toxic. That’s literally the first stage really, once it completely ignites, it explodes. Scary stuff! Check out smartphone batterie’s exploding (remember the Note 7?), basically what happens in smaller scale.


    Thruster prototype malfunction?

  • Jds65

    drivers fault

    • Jay

      For purchasing a Tesla in the first place?

      • Alfa Giulia QV


    • Spyder Hole Fantome

      Yes, the idiot customer is at fault.

  • LeStori

    Thought Tesla was meant to be an EV company, not a rocket powered car manufacturer. Nice “Thrusters”…

  • Spyder Hole Fantome

    Who buys these POS cars anymore???

    • :/ Yurr

      People who don’t care about there car catching on fire haha.

  • S3XY

    Was getting on an onramp in Calabasas today. Guy in a BMW XDrive sedan tried to out accelerate me. He later flipped me off after he eventually caught up to me.

    Him and his son experienced Tesla Envy. Happy Fathers Day.

    • danno

      Nominated for most useless post of the day, week and month

      • Spyder Hole Fantome

        I second that nomination.

    • Alfa Giulia QV


      Tesla fanboy bores us with useless story nobody cares for and claims random BMW driver having Tesla envy.

    • Pedro Pereira

      Did he catch up when your batteries ran out?

      • Like you cannot run out of gasoline… Come on.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      My diagnosis, based on your comments on here, they experienced Tesla “Douchebaggerie”. It’s a common condition affecting thousands of Tesla drivers. It has been eradicated in the Prius and Leaf world, but has since had an outbreak in the Tesla community. Likely caused from higher levels of perceived superiority and hallucinations of their own shit having no odor. You will experience long bouts of irritability and sinus issues from sniffing the glue on the HOV bumper stickers and from the nose being much higher in the air than those not infected. If you find yourself having thoughts of grandeur or the urge to tell others what they are doing wrong, how electric cars will kill gas cars in 5 years or feeling you are looking more and more like Elon Musk every day, please seek medical attention. Symptoms left unchecked can lead to saying shit about things you know nothing about, Twitter wars and excessive over use of blog comment sections pressing your “perceived agenda”.

      Don’t be a hero, seek help. And don’t drink anything that appears to be Koolaid. This will only lengthen the time of treatment. Please…Just get help. Extreme and prolonged exposure to douchebaggerie will actually lead to your head up your ass, and no one wants that..

  • benT

    wrecked exotics’ website lists burnt exotics.
    find your favorite ferrari / lamborghini and count the burnt examples.
    ferrari found fault with the design of the wheel well or something like it.

    • Jason Miller

      Spam alert.

  • benT

    2017 Ford GT With 40 Miles On The Clock Destroyed By Fire.

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      They already posted that article.

  • robotlogic

    He must of ran something over that punched a hole in the bottom of the battery pack which started the battery melt-down. Other than physical cell damage there is not really any other method to start a tesla pack on thermal runaway.

    • Skip

      no, I don’t think thats true. Internal pack flaws and chemistry changes over time can end up in a dead short inside a cell bringing up the pack to auto ignition temp; not common but can happen. That wouldn’t stop me getting an electric car but stuff happens. Its only news because its electric – there’s gas cars catching on fire every day for one reason or another.

  • Daniela Wolf

    Companys told me that electric cars are safe and wouldn’t burn under any circumstance.

    Please tell me if they’ve lied to me 🙁
    I can’t trust car companys anymore……

    • You don’t see Nissan Leafs (300k+ running around the world) burning to the ground on a daily base, but seems like Hyundais and Kias are catching fire by the hundreds (see NHTSA report on this). It’s not an electric car vs ICE car issue. It’s mostly high powered cars (Lambo, Ferrari, Porsche and Tesla), pretty common to overheat and burn down vs. normal family cars and glitches like in case of the Hyundai and Kia. Besides, if we talk about safety, electric cars have bigger crumple zones than ICEs, take that into consideration when buying a “safe” car.

    • Skip

      oh please. Do you live your whole life all on what marketing people tell you? Do your own research and learn something. All decisions in life are a series of compromises and risk tolerance. Only the informed can make reasonably good choices beyond dumb luck. Your choices are yours not what somebody told you.

      • Daniela Wolf

        irony off.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    while driving “on” Santa Monica blvd, not “in”………..ugh.

  • B. D.

    I’m the angriest guy if I own the white Mercedes in front of it. “Thank you sir for pulling your inferno of a Tesla behind my new Mercedes” lol

    Thank goodness everyone was okay though.

    • krusshall

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Skip

    I don’t know why this is big news. I’ve seen a number of GM cars spontaneously combust over the years – I had to wave someone down on the freeway years ago when her car burst in to flame just driving along, and saw another one go up in front of a store just sitting there, catching it on fire too.

  • Infinite1

    I’m curious to see how this happened. More QC issues from Tesla

  • Jason Miller

    Considering all the other toxins that are released into the air every day, this is insignificant.

    • Nick099

      Not if you happen to be standing on the same street Ace.

  • Jason Miller

    Battery puncture. Calling it now.

    • benT

      BS alert.

  • Nick099

    w w w .ncbi dot nlm dot nih dot gov/pmc/articles/PMC5577247/

    This site will not allow a standard link.

    • John F. Murphy

      It went and read. “Lithium-ion battery fires generate intense heat and considerable amounts of gas and smoke. Although the emission of TOXIC GASES CAN BE A LARGER THREAT THAN THE HEAT, THE KNOWLEDGE OF SUCH IS LIMITED.” To me that means it needs A LOT more testing.

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