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can't answer this without knowing what kind of batteries you have, and what kind of box you are planning to put them in...

regardless, design box to mechanically restrain batteries in case of accident/rollover; particularly in case of a head-on, anything loose behind you could still be moving at 60mph. ;) Plan on 20G in case of crash.

'bursting into flame' with lithium only occurs in overcharge of really badly balanced packs or badly configured chargers, and only with specific battery chemistry. LiFePO4 for instance may vent goo and small if overcharged, but no flames.
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