NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD has suspended the use of nearly 3,000 body cameras worn by officers on patrol.

According to a release from the NYPD, a Vievu model LE-5 body cam exploded after the officer wearing it noticed the device started to smoke and quickly took it off.

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Luckily, no one was injured when the camera burst into flames.

NYPD Sgt. Joseph Freer demonstrates how to use and operate a body camera during a media press conference on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The department said it’s now suspending the use of all LE-5 body cams effective immediately.

“The incident revealed a potential for the battery inside the camera to ignite. The cause and scope of the defect are currently being investigated,” the NYPD released explained.

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There were a total of 2,990 LE-5 body cams were used in 16 NYPD commands around the city. Those officers using the LE-5 have been told to bring the devices back to their precincts and will not have to wear a body cam at this time.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our officers, and equipping the NYPD with the best equipment is a paramount priority,” the statement added.

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A total of 15,500 police body cams were being used by the NYPD. Officers wearing the Vievu model LE-4 camera will continue to use them. The NYPD says the issue forcing LE-5 cams to be suspended has not affected the other model.