My battery pack keeps melting?

I am making a simple circuit with only batteries and LED strips - I know it must be shorting but very new to this and wondering how I can find the short and fix it?

It takes around 4 minutes to melt the pack, I am using 8 AA batteries as was told the LED strips work at 12V. 

Would really like your help.

Its a 12V strip of lights but how much current does it draw? Seems like the batteries are being drained way too fast. You'll need to use a set of batteries that can handle high current output. Such as a sealed lead acid battery.
Show your circuit, and some pictures of how you've wired it all. Did you use a switch ?

Do the LED strips still work ? Do you have a datasheet for them ?

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