Last weekend a shipment of Vivo Y20 cell phones and accessories which were made in Guangdong, China, and headed to Bangkok, caught fire as they were about to be loaded onto a Hong Kong Air Cargo aircraft in Hong Kong.

The phones were loaded across three pallets, all of which caught fire, and it reportedly took the emergency services some 40 minutes to put out the blaze. Sources told local media that, while the airport’s operations were not affected, a 24 by 12 metre space on the tarmac was damaged. According to local media, lithium ion batteries were the most likely cause of the fire.

As a result, Hong Kong Air Cargo has embargoed the carrying of Vivo mobile phones, and is not accepting cargo from Cargo Link Logistics HK or Sky Pacific Logistics until further notice.