1. kojita's Avatar
    Schoolboy, 11, suffers burns to his legs after a BlackBerry EXPLODED and set fire to his bed | Mail Online

    Poor kid, I hope he is fine.

    I hope they will find the cause, although this happened to many phones previously (iphones, nokia) and other electronic devices (lenovo, dell, hp) as well due to overheating or shortcircuit...
    12-04-12 06:28 AM
  2. Superfly_FR's Avatar
    In any case, it's really bad for the kid and I feel sorry for him.

    But I have a question : Can we see the charger and the battery ?
    12-04-12 06:40 AM
  3. itsyaboy's Avatar
    That sucks. Wondered what happened though.
    12-04-12 10:22 AM
  4. Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes's Avatar
    This is bull propaganda. If the story is indeed true in any way (which I doubt) guarenteed it was a fake battery, fake charger, or something else that was not something the manufacturer suggests.
    12-04-12 07:33 PM
  5. EchoTango's Avatar
    Sounds like a fake story or the kid was playing around with the charger while it was still plugged into the wall. I very much doubt the battery has enough wattage to burn somebody.
    12-04-12 07:58 PM
  6. canuckvoip's Avatar
    If true, I feel sorry for the kid and his family.
    The timing of this is amazing though. Hmmm...
    12-04-12 08:31 PM
  7. thecsman's Avatar
    The 9320 was released months ago, and just when the 9320 goes in brutal Christmas deals, suddenly one of them explodes and the parents are "demanding RIM to not release the BlackBerry 9320 for Christmas season".

    Fishy or coincidentally unfortunate for the poor kid?
    12-04-12 09:46 PM
  8. gord888's Avatar
    Doesn't look real. There would be signs of some eletronic components and keyboard bits left over. At the very least, the red case that was on it should also be equally as scorched as the lump of coal he's holding. So... yeah... sounds/looks like a fake.
    12-04-12 10:20 PM
  9. Spencerdl's Avatar
    If this story is true, I'm glad the child is alright. Although this is the first time I've heard of a BlackBerry exploding, it's not the first time I've heard of a "smartphone" exploding.....anything is possible.
    12-04-12 10:41 PM
  10. BBThemes's Avatar
    its very plausible, i mean what mother wouldnt wake up at half 2 in the morning (plausible) then get out of bed and spot the phone on the landing (well, no wonder you cant sleep if you get out of bed, go downstairs and get a drink), then notice theyd set an alarm, so you put it in their room (why set an alarm then leave the phone on the landing in the first place? also why not just charge it in their room?), also, take special note the phone was `an early 13th birthday present for kian`s brother` which is fine so `i plonked it on kian`s bed because it was closest to the door`. Thats a little odd, at half 2 she`s fine walking downstairs and making a drink, but when it comes to moving a phone from outside a room to inside its just way too much effort to go to the appropriate persons bed? ok, lets strech ourselves and believe that, theres still one big question, why would anyone place a phone on someones bed when that person is asleep? surely the risk of damage due to movement is too high to even think of that?

    I dont doubt the story of what happened, but even if all phone parts were BB made (the case wasnt tho) surely it consstitues a `freak accident` not a recall?

    also, for those loving conspiracies, this happens at the start of december, what happened at start of december last year? | The Sun |News coincidence? you decide.
    12-05-12 04:40 AM
  11. BergerKing's Avatar
    Quite odd. A freak occurence, and the cries to shut things down. Craziness.
    12-05-12 04:48 AM
  12. qbnkelt's Avatar
    That would have been terrifying for the child.
    This is not a BB problem. This has happened with other phones. It's tech. Freak accidents happen.
    Let's not try to spin this into ohmyGodaBBexplodedhowcanithappenBBsucks.....

    My gut feeling???? Legal action is coming for suffered damages....somebody wants an easy check for Christmas presents....
    BergerKing likes this.
    12-05-12 04:50 AM
  13. BravoZuluDelta's Avatar
    Sounds like a fake story or the kid was playing around with the charger while it was still plugged into the wall. I very much doubt the battery has enough wattage to burn somebody.
    It certainly can. Look up thermal runaway in lithium polymer and lithium ion batteries. It is basically an extreme exothermic reaction similar to an explosion. These aren't the same batteries that run your TV remote.
    12-05-12 05:21 AM
  14. wuulfy's Avatar
    from the english oxford dictionary......A daily mail story..."blatant lie" or "falacy" (vul)" total bullsh*t"
    12-05-12 05:29 AM
  15. Roo Zilla's Avatar
    Sounds like a fake story or the kid was playing around with the charger while it was still plugged into the wall. I very much doubt the battery has enough wattage to burn somebody.
    It's called thermal runaway, and the wattage of the battery doesn't matter. Basically, certain chemical reactions happen that shouldn't due to specific set of circumstances. A defective battery can reach something like 600C in about a tenth of a second, the battery explodes as the liquids inside turn to gas. It's possible and easy to force thermal runaway in a lithium-ion battery for testing purposes, and I saw it done a few dozen times. Thermal runaway in lithium-ion batteries was one of the reasons for their late adoption in hybrid autos.
    kevinnugent likes this.
    12-05-12 05:31 AM
  16. GTiLeo's Avatar
    I'm sure this is the same battery used in other curves I'm sure this could have happened its a freak thing but batteries are batteries and have the potential to explode.
    12-05-12 06:24 AM
  17. Roo Zilla's Avatar
    I'm sure this is the same battery used in other curves I'm sure this could have happened its a freak thing but batteries are batteries and have the potential to explode.
    It is a freak thing. There are ways to limit it happening, and most of them are implemented in current batteries. Lithium-ion batteries were prohibited from being shipped via air for this reason, but I believe that restriction has recently been lifted due to better designs in recent batteries. It can still happen though if you're unlucky.
    12-05-12 09:03 AM
  18. Nefiasm's Avatar
    From RIM
    RIM takes claims of this nature very seriously and a senior member of our team met with the family today to initiate a full investigation into this matter. In order to proceed with this investigation, we require the products that were involved in this incident to be made available for a full technical review.

    At this point in time, the family has not provided RIM with the battery or charger for analysis and have said they are unable to locate the device itself. We have a team on standby to conduct this investigation as a priority as soon as the family makes these products available to us.

    RIM is committed to ensuring our products are safe and we invest significantly in R&D and testing to ensure we meet or exceed all regulatory standards here in the UK and around the world.
    12-05-12 10:41 AM
  19. qbnkelt's Avatar
    From RIM
    The device itself is with the solicitor the family hired three minutes after the incident.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    12-05-12 10:51 AM
  20. kevinnugent's Avatar
    Exactly. This family will get a nice cheque.
    12-06-12 02:44 AM

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