The camera then exploded, fell to the ground and burned, authorities said. The officer removed the device before it exploded, and no injuries were reported.
The NYPD has pulled some Vievu body cameras from the streets after an LE-5 model (similar to the LE-3 seen here) exploded on Sunday.
Police in NY have been told to stop using some of their body-worn cameras after one of them exploded.
The officer retrieved the body-cam for a midnight patrol and saw the smoke exiting the bottom of the portal.
Luckily, no one was injured when the camera burst into flames.
16 precincts across the city use these cameras, the Vievu LE5, and as a result Police Commissioner James O'Neill is prohibiting officers from using them until the defect is fixed. This was moved up from the city's original projection that all officers would be equipped with body cameras by the end of 2019. "The cause and scope of the defect are now being investigated", the NYPD released explained.
Sidney Siegmeth, vice president of global communications for Axon, which owns Vievu, told Fox News via email Sunday afternoon: "We are working closely with the NYPD to investigate this issue".
"Officer safety is of the utmost importance to Axon".
More than 15,000 body cameras - which have also grown in use by emergency services in the United Kingdom in recent years - are deployed throughout the department.
'There is the potential for the battery inside the camera to ignite, ' O'Neill said, according to the Daily Beast. "We will do whatever is necessary to quickly and safely resolve this situation", it told the news site Engadget.