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Hot Hollywood director Michael Morris even hotter after escaping his burning Tesla

Battery fires and production line problems have plagued Tesla and attracted a legion of short-sellers. Photo: Twitter
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A Tesla being driven by British 13 Reasons Why director Michael Morris has burst into flames while he was driving in Hollywood, his actor wife Mary McCormack, says.

Onlookers were left fearing an explosion as bright orange flames shot from beneath the battery-powered car.

Dramatic video of the incident was shared by McCormack, on Twitter.

She said the director and producer had been driving along a major route through Los Angeles when the fire was first spotted by other road users.

Flames shoot from the Tesla after director Michael Morris scrambled to safety.

“@Tesla This is what happened to my husband and his car today. No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd,” she tweeted.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene and the fire was extinguished without any reports of injuries.

A former director of the Old Vic theatre in London, Morris has produced episodes of hit Netflix shows including the controversial drama 13 Reasons Why, Kingdom and Bloodline.

He also directed episodes of House of Cards, The SlapPreacher and Brothers & Sisters.

McCormack, who appeared in hit TV series The West Wing and 1998 blockbuster Deep Impact, has been married to Morris since 2003.

Mary McCormack is giving thanks her three children weren’t in the Tesla with their dad, director Michael Morris  Photo: AP/Evan Agostini

She tweeted: “Thank you to the kind couple who flagged him down and told him to pull over. And thank god my three little girls weren’t in the car with him.”

The actor said the electric car had not been on autopilot at the time and was a “normal Tesla”.

Tesla called the incident “an extraordinarily unusual occurrence” and said it is investigating.

-AAP