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Sep 25, 2013
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That phone in your pocket? We bet it's a nice one. We also think that it can burn your ass up or even go BOOM! Not that we're trying to scare the bejesus out of you, but there have been quite a number of documented instances where a smartphone was found "Burning Down The House."

                                  

We ain't kidding you bro. Handsets can really, quite literally, become fired up, leaving their owners in shock and with burns as nasty as Two Face's, uhm, face. Want proof? Read on.


1. The one where a teenager's leg was burned by a Galaxy phone

cases of exploding smartphonesOuch! That's gotta hurt!

What happened: An 18-year old Swiss girl named Fanny Schlatter was busy doing her thing as a painting apprentice when her Galaxy S III said "The hell with this, I'm gonna be a firecracker!" and suddenly exploded inside her trousers. The result? A nightmarish sight of burned metal and plastic and a leg with a big-ass burn mark. How big? Well, let's just say Fanny won't be joining swimwear competitions anytime soon.

The (possible) culprit: According to initial reports, the Galaxy S III's lithium-ion battery might have malfunctioned, leading to the sudden explosion. We point you to this study about why lithium power packs can pose a danger for some further reading.


2. The one where an iPhone 4 glowed and started to emit smoke during a flight

cases of smartphone explosionsMakes you wanna say, "sayang naman!"

What happened: In what became a twisted way of proving the iPhone's stature as a smoking-hot tech, a passenger in an Australian airline noticed his iPhone 4 glowing red hot and releasing a blanket of dense smoke. The flight crew acted swiftly and prevented any real explosions from happening. High-five for fast response!

The (possible) culprit: From the aftermath photos, the burn seems to have originated at the rear of the iPhone 4, which might mean the battery could be at fault.

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