Earlier this month, a man claimed
he was injured by an exploding Motorola
Droid 2. There's word from Motorola on their investigation into the matter, and their pretty clear: the Droid 2 was dropped.
Here's what GearLog (PCMag) said:
We got word this morning from a Motorola employee involved with Droid development that the phone may not have exploded at all. The Droid 2 in question "was a phone that got dropped," the employee told PCMag. "[T]he guy didn't notice the glass had cracked [...]so when he put it to his ear, he cut himself."
That makes sense, and explains Aron Embry's injury. It doesn't explain the popping noise he said he heard, but it's unclear that the popping sound actually occurred.
The source at Motorola added:
The only things that could explode in a phone would have resulted in a phone that did not work, yet this phone worked. And there was no explosive damage to the device (things inside blown outward, etc).
Despite this report, Motorola has not made a public statement in the matter.