Indian man killed by exploding mobile phone

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In a country where remote farmers and corporate suits share a similar passion for mobile phones, a lot of strange things can happen. Such is the case in Bandha village where a 23-year old man was killed by an exploding cell phone. The man, identified as Gopal Gujjar, was tending to grazing cattle and reportedly talking on his cell phone when it literally explode in his face. In the aftermath of the explosion, the unfortunate man was found dead with burns to his left ear, neck, and shoulders. Pieces of his cell phone, a Nokia 1209 if you were wondering, were found scattered around him.

Interestingly enough, this is one of the first reported cases in India of a cell phone exploding when it was not charging. Other incidents of deadly mobile phones and phone explosions have been reported but many of them occurred while the phone was plugged in and charging. Wonder what happened to this Nokia 1209 that caused it to explode with such fury? Anyone have a reasonable theory?

[Via The Daily Telegraph]

  • James

    This is James Etheridge from Nokia’s media team. At present we are trying to ascertain the facts of this unfortunate incident. While the authorities are still investigating the case, we understand that their enquiries are looking at the possibility that an external factor, such as lightning, contributed to the incident. We’ll hopefully have more info soon.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      stories like this from India are usually bunk, they sure do make a good headline though!

  • Vishal

    Which country are you from Stefan ???? Do u guys even have headlines ??

  • Shimmyx20

    I suppose lightning could have done it, the region has been having lots of rain and storms lately.

    I was also thinking the phone was sitting out in the sun all day, getting extremely hot

  • MrWindows

    Perhaps a leaking third-party lithium-ion battery, some moisture from perspiration, and kablooey? Or a sniper.

  • Jouni

    this is weird. there are not components in the phone itself that can explode. also, lithium batteries nokia or 3rd party can not explode the way reported here. could it have been some external event ?

  • sadmanh

    he’s a farmer, may be he messed around with the phone !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sforsakshi.dutta Sakshi Dutta

    These days cell phones are exploding like anything…just a while back i read about another case in Delhi: http://www.faadooengineers.com/content/313-exploding-cell-phones-is-your-phone-a-friend

  • http://www.facebook.com/sforsakshi.dutta Sakshi Dutta

    These days cell phones are exploding like anything…just a while back i read about another case in Delhi: http://www.faadooengineers.com/content/313-exploding-cell-phones-is-your-phone-a-friend

  • http://www.facebook.com/sforsakshi.dutta Sakshi Dutta

    These days cell phones are exploding like anything…just a while back i read about another case in Delhi: http://www.faadooengineers.com/content/313-exploding-cell-phones-is-your-phone-a-friend

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