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iPod Nano catches fire in man's pocket

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 06 Oct 2007 16:49 User comments (16)

iPod Nano catches fire in man's pocket Danny Williams, an employee of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, recently was reminded that even the smallest of consumer electronics gear can be dangerous in its own way when his two year old iPod Nano caught fire in his pants pocket. According to his mother, speaking in a telephone interview, the fire lasted about 15 seconds and the flames reached up to his chest.
Apple Inc. has not commented on the incident, but has reportedly sent a package to Danny to return the damaged iPod Nano. Local news reported that Danny may have been saved from serious burns by glossy paper he had in his pocket. However, considering the fears of the times, and his place of employment, he doesn't seem to really think the threat to him was the flames themselves, but rather what they looked like at the time.

"If TSA had come by and seen me smoking, they could have honestly thought I was a terrorist," local news quoted the man as saying. The device contains a lithium-ion battery, which has a history of nasty events in consumer and PC products. Last year, several manufacturers, including Apple, Dell and Lenovo were forced to recall millions of the batteries. They have been blamed for meltdowns and fires in several computers.

Source:
PC World

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16 user comments

16.10.2007 23:14

The question for me is not why the iPod caught fire, but what the heck he is doing with a first generation Nano? :P

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Oct 2007 @ 23:20

27.10.2007 2:14
SamNz
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Originally posted by nintenut:
The question for me is not why the iPod caught fire, but what the heck he is doing with a first generation Nano? :P
i didnt know a ipod could last that long anyway :p

37.10.2007 2:24

I still use my old 4G Mini, actually. :P
My point was that the first batch of Nano's sucked.

47.10.2007 3:02
martin79
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I have a 1st gen Nano which is still going strong :-)

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 07 Oct 2007 @ 3:03

57.10.2007 5:52

Some of the 1st Gen ones did get hot, including mine.
My 2G doesn't.

67.10.2007 8:15

talk about a story for the ages

77.10.2007 11:41
furchtlos
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Great. I hate i pods. Waste of money. Go for a Samsung or a Zune.

87.10.2007 13:29

Quote:
Great. I hate i pods. Waste of money. Go for a Samsung or a Zune.

Tens (or hundreds?) of millions iPods sold and one caught fire? Guess we shouldn't avoid Apple products because of this, even if somebody is accusing Apple because of this.
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97.10.2007 13:42

Hehe. thats why i still use my Original Ipod the one that looks a bit smaller than a gamboy. got up to 20 gigs in it.

107.10.2007 15:32

Someones going to be an instant millionaire!

117.10.2007 15:46
WierdName
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Originally posted by m3_chris:
Someones going to be an instant millionaire!
Well it was here in the U.S. so he could probably win the lawsuit that will inevitably happen. As for what some people are saying, this was just one incident out of how many that were sold? Sure the fact that it happened is cause for concern, but it was one isolated incident. The Xbox red ring of death was cause for concern. Now, because of the inevitable fanboy morons, I am not an Apple fan, and I'm not a Sony/Nintendo fanboy. I'm just looking at this in a more realistic sense. Something the fanboys should try doing sometime...

127.10.2007 19:52
vinny13
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Originally posted by furchtlos:
Great. I hate i pods. Waste of money. Go for a Samsung or a Zune.
A Zune? What planet do you live on?

We're talkin' sh!t brown here!

138.10.2007 10:17
martin79
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Originally posted by furchtlos:
Great. I hate i pods. Waste of money. Go for a Samsung or a Zune.
A zune...... are you serious? I'd rather set my nano in fire.

148.10.2007 12:37

Quote:
Originally posted by m3_chris:
Someones going to be an instant millionaire!
Well it was here in the U.S. so he could probably win the lawsuit that will inevitably happen. As for what some people are saying, this was just one incident out of how many that were sold? Sure the fact that it happened is cause for concern, but it was one isolated incident. The Xbox red ring of death was cause for concern. Now, because of the inevitable fanboy morons, I am not an Apple fan, and I'm not a Sony/Nintendo fanboy. I'm just looking at this in a more realistic sense. Something the fanboys should try doing sometime...
yeah company nowadays are cutting down prices but also quality, the xbox 360 is one big example, lots of people are on their 5th or 6th 360 cuz of the red ring, haven't heard that about the wii or the ps3 is a fact ms fanboy don't see and start making vs against consoles when theirs don't even work

1518.10.2007 17:00

Well he must have had some hot hits on his ipod for him to catch on fire. I have to say i hope the package that apple sent out had a letter in it appoligising for the issue that arose.

1618.10.2007 17:27

"It's a FEATURE, people!"

(-----Microsoft marketer auditioning for a job with Apple.)

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