Exploding iPhone Leaves Long Island Man With Third Degree Burns


We’ve heard a few cases of the iPhone 6 exploding and burning users. A recurring theme was that the bendy phone probably, well, bent. And when it bends just enough, the battery that’s not meant to bend, blows off some steam. And fire. And molten lithium.

ABC7 out of New York reports about Erik Johnson, and iPhone 5c owner who’s phone exploded on him on Valentine’s day.

Erik had just arrived at his cousin’s wake when the phone spontaneously exploded in his pocket.

“I had the phone in my pocket, simple little gesture, bent over to get keys and all I heard was pop. Sssssh smoke coming out,” Johnson said. “And just like an instant burn, my leg just starts going on fire, try to get it out, can’t get it out. I was literally jumping up and down trying to get the phone out of my pocket, but I think the phone melted my pockets shut so I couldn’t get into it and I had to rip my pants off and throw the pants to the side. A couple of people actually said they could smell my body burning.”

Erik suffered second and third degree burns on his inner thigh and he had to spend 10 days in the hospital before he was finally able to come home. He is still walking with a limp, and is getting twice a day visits from a nurse to change his bandages.

And in case you were wondering, Erik states that he was using an Apple charger.

I wonder what kind of user error Apple will blame this on? Put it in his pocket wrong perhaps?


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  • Canuckvoip
  • Bigglybobblyboo

    No, no, no. I’m sure Mac Insider or some such will speculate that it was a knock off charger or some other non-Apple product and all will be well again.

    Oh, and this never happened either.


  • Bigglybobblyboo

    Maybe instead of http://www.oneofthenine.com someone will start http://www.oneoftheburned.com?

  • Frankokelly

    Poor fucker, first Apple take his brain away and then try to blow his balls off. Ah well! one less iPhone is no bad thing

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  • Robert

    Watch Apple come back and say he put it in his pocket the wrong way.

  • jubatus

    Someone send this man a BlackBerry ! It’s not the first time I have heard that an IPhone 6 has burned someone’s leg. Google it you’ll see a bunch of similar situations

  • Wow! Did you notice the story didn’t lead with “iPhone Exploded,” but led instead with “CellPhone Exploded?” I have noticed so many instances when “cell phone” has been replaced with “iPhone” like the latter is a generic way of referring to any cell phone, such as “The man took this video of the police brutality with his iPhone,” or something.

    Yet in this story, the lead is “cell phone” and the “expert” claims it could happen to any cell phone yet I have not heard of this happening to any Android or BBRY devices.

    • ray689

      Exactly what I was thinking James. Had it happened to a Samsung (it actually has happened), the story would have lead with Samsung phone explodes causing severe injuries.

      And had it been a BlackBerry, oh I couldn’t imagine what the story would have looked like. May have morphed into full day coverage on CNN with headlines such as “President Uses BlackBerry, is it a national security threat for America?” Or something like that.

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  • Anthony

    I think your picture shows when too many iPhones are together in one place, one explodes and starts a chain reaction. locco_smiley_32


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