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rex 02-05-2009 09:02 AM

Man killed when cell phone explodes in pocket!
 
A Chinese man was reportedly killed at a computer shop last Friday after the cell phone in his chest pocket exploded, severing a major artery in his neck and leading to massive blood loss.

According to local news reports, the man worked as a shop assistant at the store. An employee at a neighboring 7-11 convenience store told local media that she heard a loud bang and saw her colleague lying on the floor in a pool of blood. She said the man had recently swapped his mobile phone battery for a new one.

Police have not released the make or model of the phone. Some reports indicate the fatal explosion occurred at a Lenovo store in Guangzhou, China although it's not clear whether the shop was an official outlet or whether it just advertised Lenovo products.

Most reports of exploding handset batteries have involved low-quality third-party products, although that's not always the case.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02...s_chinese_man/

TheMoose 02-10-2009 01:02 PM

Re: Man killed when cell phone explodes in pocket!
 
Turns out it wasn't an exploding battery after all!

From Engadget,

Exploding cellphone battery that killed Chinese man was actually a gun

While some of the details still seem to be up in the air at the moment, it looks like that exploding cellphone battery that killed a man shopping at a Lenovo store in mainland China a couple of weeks back was actually not a cellphone battery at all, but rather an actual firearm of some sort. According to some roughly translated reports from Sohu.com, the "imitation firearm with bullets" suddenly fell to the ground at one point, which caused the bullets to fire up into the man's chest and neck arteries, leading to massive blood loss. The Telegraph newspaper further adds that the gun, which they describe as a home-made pistol, also damaged the man's cellphone when it went off, leading to the initial suspicion that the battery may be to blame. So there you have it, folks, while cellphones may or may not kill people, guns (makeshift or otherwise) certainly do.


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