Initial reports suggest a brand new iPad Air suddenly caught fire in an Australian mobile phone store, prompting the brick-and-mortar establishment to summon the fire brigade. The new iPad Air was being used as a demo model when it started sparking and ultimately burst into flames, filling the store with smoke and forcing an evacuation.
So goes the story as reported by the U.K. Daily Mail
, however the folks at Forbes
say sources in Australia are now unclear on which specific model of iPad did its best Nicholas Cage impression from the movie Ghost Rider.
It's said that sparks flew out from the charging port. A similar incident
involving an iPhone 5 led to the death of a 23-year-old woman from China back in July. Ma Ailun, a flight attendant with China Southern Airlines, was electrocuted when taking a call on her iPhone 5 that was plugged in and charging. It was later reported that she was using a third-party charger.
If you go back to 2009, there's a report of an iPod touch
exploding in a 15-year-old boy's pocket. According to his account, he heard a loud pop and immediately felt a burning sensation on his leg. He stood up and realized his pants were on fire.
There are several incidents of gadgets overheating and catching fire. Sometimes they involve shoddy third-party peripherals and in other cases, they could be due to locations with unstable power, usually overseas. These incidents aren't specific to Apple, either. A Samsung Galaxy Note caught fire
in 2011 and burned the leg of a South Korean man.