Seattle man suffers second degree burns when iPhone explodes in pocket
Man Suffers Serious Burns After His iPhone Explodes in His Pocket
Erik Johnson from Lindenhurst, New York, had a Valentine's Day he'll never forget, though he probably would like to. Instead of enjoying a nice evening on a date or at a party, he sustained second and third degrees burns. The culprit: his iPhone.
Johnson, 29, told ABC News that as he bent down to get his keys, he heard his iPhone 5C pop, and his leg immediately caught fire. Despite his best efforts, he was unable to stop it.
"I was literally jumping up and down trying to get the phone out of my pocket, but I had dress pants on. I think the phone melted my pockets shut so I couldn't get into it; I had to rip my pants off. A couple of people actually said they could smell my body burning."
His severe burns kept him in the hospital for 10 days. He's back home, but still recovering from his injuries. "I just want my leg back to what it was," he said.
Although Johnson's experience seems like a freak accident, tech expert Ronald Gerber says smartphones really can explode seemingly out of nowhere. Possible explanations could be even the slightest harm to the device's circuit board or consistently using chargers not meant for the phone. (Johnson says he only used the charger that came with the phone.) The damage could cause the device to overheat and eject lithium lava.
To prevent this from happening to you, carefully follow the device's safety instructions, and keep your phone out of your pocket, if possible. Apple is currently looking into the incident.
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