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Reuters reports that Elon Musk's electric auto manufacturer Tesla is investigating a video that spread across Chinese social media which appears to show a Model S vehicle exploding into flames while parked.

The latest incident comes as Tesla tries to push sales in China, where its prices were impacted by tit-for-tat tariffs imposed during Sino-U.S. trade tensions previous year.

Moments later it burst into flames, according to a surveillance camera video of the incident posted by the Shanghai fire department on social media.

Inspectors examine the burned battery of the Tesla Model S days after it caught fire.

Vehicles parked next to the Tesla were also damaged in the fire, the news website reported.

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On Monday, Tesla said it immediately sent a team to investigate the incident, which occurred in Shanghai on Sunday evening local time.

Fortunately, there were no casualties, according to the official Weibo account of the carmaker.

After dropping the 75D in January, Tesla is reversing course-because why should Elon Musk commit to outdated concepts like model years?-by reintroducing the base Model S and X trims. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 famously had issues with their lithium-ion batteries catching fire, causing the company to recall the devices.

"Tesla had fire incidents before, but they didn't have a big impact on its reputation in China", said analyst Alan Kang at LMC Automotive. This meant that Tesla didn't have to increase the battery size of either vehicle. However he did re-charge the car's battery at a Tesla supercharger about an hour before the fire. Tesla said it had sent a team to the scene and that no one was hurt. "Nothing is confirmed before the investigation results are out", another user wrote under Tesla's post, adding that "all electric devices carry a risk if used improperly".

China has been pushing for more alternatively-powered cars to clean up its air and drive growth in new industries, and the nation already boasts one of the world's largest electric vehicle populations.