Exploding Phone Discounted as Cause of Death

Susan Hall

Though police and the doctor who examined him are blaming an exploding cell phone for the death of a 33-year-old South Korean quarry worker, the National Institute of Scientific Investigation said an exploding battery could not have caused such extensive injuries, according to an Associated Press story on Yahoo.


The man was found dead in the quarry with a burning mobile phone stuck to his chest. The doctor who examined him said he had burns on his chest, a broken spine and ribs, as well as heart and lung injuries. A formal investigation could take up to 15 days.


Meanwhile, according to an InfoWorld story, a New Zealand man reported that his cell phone battery exploded and burst into flames in the middle of the night while it was charging. Norman Sievewright said a loud bang woke him up about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and he found his cell phone battery in flames on the carpet.


Nokia, which made the phone, asked him to send in the phone and charger. It declined to comment.


Nokia has been among several companies that haveissued massive recalls related to flawed batteries.

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