Battery explodes, erupts into flames on Top Chef set

This summer hasn’t been good for the equipment used to bring us reality shows. Chima completely accidentally hurled hers into the jacuzzi on Big Brother 11, and a camera was literally forced to view and record Russell H.’s gross underwear on Survivor Samoa. Now, we have footage of a battery on a camera’s audio rig exploding on the set of Top Chef 6.

Below is the video provided by Bravo (which B-Side noticed, perhaps during his daily Andy Cohen-encouraged pilgrimage to BravoTV.com). It’s cleverly titled “a real quickfire,” and in it, camera operator Mo Frahm describes the batteries and says that “one of them blew up which caught the audio rig on fire.” Sound mixer Bruce Beacom says, “I’ve never seen that in my life.”

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Ben Folds

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.