Exploding Cell Phone Kills Man In China - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices
News
2/3/2009
01:53 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Exploding Cell Phone Kills Man In China

A faulty cell phone battery could have caused the explosion, which severed an artery in the man's neck.

A 20-year-old man in an electronics store in Guangzhou, China, died Friday when his cell phone exploded in his shirt pocket.

The force of the explosion severed an artery in the man's neck, according to a report on Hexun.com, a popular Chinese financial portal. The online article quotes witnesses who say there was a large pool of blood on the floor of the store.

A faulty cell phone battery could have caused the explosion, the article suggests, but it offers no information about the brand of battery implicated in the incident.

The article, translated imperfectly from Chinese to English by Google, suggests the man died in a Lenovo store and may have been an employee of the store. But that appears to be inaccurate.

"It's not a Lenovo store per se," said a spokesman for Lenovo in the United States. "It's a store that carries multiple brands. The person who was killed was not a Lenovo employee. And the mobile phone that exploded was not a Lenovo-branded phone."

He said he didn't have any further information other than that the police in China are investigating the incident.

Exploding cell phones aren't unheard of in China. The Hexun article cites seven other such incidents in China since 2002.

Exploding mobile phones also have been reported in other countries. On Nov. 29, for instance, Reuters reported that a South Korean man had been killed by an exploding cell phone.

In October 2004, Kyocera Wireless announced a recall of cell phone batteries sold at various mobile phone supply shops, citing the possibility that some of the batteries could be counterfeit and could pose a burn or fire risk. It said at the time that two minor burn injuries had been reported.

In 2007, Nokia warned that 46 million of its mobile phone batteries, manufactured by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006, could overheat.

Among the various cell phone safety tips included in the Hexun article is this: Don't store your phone next to your chest.

This story has been corrected.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
IT Salary Report 2020: Get Paid What You Are Worth
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/12/2020
Slideshows
10 Analytics and AI Startups You Should Know About
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  2/19/2020
News
Fighting the Coronavirus with Analytics and GIS
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/3/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
Slideshows
Flash Poll