According to a
this morning from News.com.au, a
) store in Canberra was evacuated due to an exploding
) iPad (the report did not specify what model of iPad it was).
A spokesperson from Vodafone told the website that without warning,
flames shot out of the charging port of the tablet. After the
seemingly random explosion, the iPad continued to spark and give
off smoke, which prompted the evacuation of the store.
The website also claims that after the fire department dealt with
the smoke and the faulty device, a representative from Apple
visited the store to obtain the remains of the explosive iPad, so
as to determine the cause of the fire. As of now, Apple has not
commented on the explosion.
Apple has dealt with hazardous hardware before: In July, one woman
was killed and one man was put into a coma after electrocution by
iPhone charger. Both cases were in China and involved faulty,
third-party devices. (Click
more on those electrocutions.)
However, this latest device malfunction is even more reminiscent of
the recent news of
) Model S electric cars catching on fire.
A Tesla Model S on fire in Seattle. Source: CBS
Yesterday, news broke that Federal investigators were looking into
the latest fire involving the electric car, which was the third
reported in the past six weeks. According to the Associated Press,
the latest fire, reported in Smyrna, Tennessee, on Wednesday
afternoon, was the result of an accident in which the car ran over
road debris. Ironically, Smyrna is where
(OTCMKTS:NSANY) produces its battery-powered Leaf.
Tesla's stock has a lot of downside lately, with a drop of 13.72%
from Tuesday's to Wednesday's close. Of course, this is largely due
to a disappointing earnings report released on Tuesday after the
close. Still, the three fires in six weeks have not been positive
for the company's image.
is currently trading at $519.19, up 1.31% from yesterday's close.
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