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Man's phone spontaneously combusts

Posted on Wednesday, 17 January, 2007 | Comment icon 18 comments


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"A cell phone in the front pocket of a Vallejo man's pants spontaneously combusted, quickly ignited his clothes and left the man with second- and third-degree burns across at least half his body, according to investigators."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by dantheman2435 on 18 January, 2007, 3:30
I have my kids' phones set to do that whenever they go over their limit. Hahaha. Poor guy though.
Comment icon #10 Posted by vlanos on 18 January, 2007, 14:56
first i hear they can give you cancer now they can fry you up. nice
Comment icon #11 Posted by Pax Unum on 18 January, 2007, 16:11
Badly made or counterfeit cell phone batteries caused an unprecedented number of injuries in the United States in 2004. About a dozen people were seriously hurt by overheating cell phone batteries that exploded or launched shrapnel that burned at 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Handset makers and operators later in the year began to sharpen battery standards. LINK-The cellular explosion I found this non-news (at least I hope it's not real news) take on cell phone battery explosions quite hilarious... The United Nations 'World Birth Control Organization' (WBCO) is hailing Chinese cell phone battery man... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Akidenko on 18 January, 2007, 16:33
It wasn't the phone. It still works. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?...BAGCONKOBR1.DTL
Comment icon #13 Posted by vlanos on 18 January, 2007, 20:52
It wasn't the phone. It still works. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?...BAGCONKOBR1.DTL that explans it thanks
Comment icon #14 Posted by glynne64 on 19 January, 2007, 0:39
I watched MythBusters when they tried to see if a cell phone could cause any sort of spark. In their case they were trying to see if it was a hazard to use around gas pumps. They never could get a spark, evidently there isn't enough static or "electricity" to create such a thing. Now, I'm not saying that refurbished or ones made under questionable practices might not cause a problem. Or if the battery has been modified...al a Tool Time...wouldn't have questionable results. Also in reading & watching the news report about it, I have my doubts. I, too, believe that if the cell phone did shor... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Toxic Flood on 24 January, 2007, 1:49
I watched MythBusters when they tried to see if a cell phone could cause any sort of spark. In their case they were trying to see if it was a hazard to use around gas pumps. They never could get a spark, evidently there isn't enough static or "electricity" to create such a thing. Now, I'm not saying that refurbished or ones made under questionable practices might not cause a problem. Or if the battery has been modified...al a Tool Time...wouldn't have questionable results. Also in reading & watching the news report about it, I have my doubts. I, too, believe that if the cell phone did shor... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Harriet Reed on 1 February, 2007, 13:10
Well this just proves my theory that mobile phones are pointless and even dangerous! Still, I feel sorry for the guy. If he'd stuck with a simple desk phone, this wouldn't have happened.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Saint on 1 February, 2007, 13:41
What was he doing passed out in a chair with his phone in his pocket? Drunk? Who goes to sleep with his cell phone on his person?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Bone_Collector on 2 February, 2007, 7:36
Investigators ruled out the phone as a cause. Another case of Spontaneous Human Combustion I guess then.


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