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This is an old MacBook Pro battery.

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I started having trouble with the battery, so I took it out. It later turned into what you see. It's since been sitting on a shelf in my house for almost a year without changing noticably.

Is it dangerous, or is it something I can dispose of at my leisure? (you don't need to tell me that I can't just put it in general waste)

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It's probably one of the explosive ones Apple had recalled a few years back. –  Daniel Beck Jan 11 '12 at 8:46
    
Hmm, you may be half-right. It's from a 17". This link seems relevant: wwco.com/~wls/blog/2007/07/18/… Looks like I'm not alone; I should have googled the model number from the battery case. –  John Fouhy Jan 11 '12 at 9:08

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Its bloated, contains lithium, and could catch fire, which would be VERY bad. I'd say, get rid of it as soon as possible in case something does happen.

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