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Cyclist suffers severe burns from exploding iPhone

by Brandon Russell | August 2, 2016August 2, 2016 4:30 pm PST

A cyclist was severely burned by his iPhone after he wiped out on his bike.

According to a report from The Sydney Morning Herald, Gareth Clear, 36, was out for a ride one day when he slipped, causing him to fall directly onto the device in his back pocket. The impact from the fall resulted in an explosion, which in turn burned the back of Clear’s leg. The injuries sent him to the hospital with third-degree burns.

“I just saw smoke coming out of my back pocket… and then all of a sudden I felt this surging pain,” Clear said. “I just remember looking at my leg and I had this black discharge all down my leg and this smell of phosphorus.”

Clear suspects that the impact on the lithium battery inside of the device is what caused the explosion, and not any major design flaws of the iPhone itself. Apple is reportedly in touch with Clear to discuss the incident privately.

As a result of the burn, doctors say Clear needs to get a skin graft to repair the damage. You can see the damage caused by the exploding iPhone in the gallery above. Caution: it’s not pretty.

“The decreasing size and slimness of portable devices coupled with consumer expectations about battery life are a challenge for battery manufacturers,” Clear said.

Well, I’m almost certain Clear won’t be purchasing the Moto Z.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a smartphone exploding and it just highlights how delicate our devices are.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...