Apple is investigating why one AirPod caught on fire in Florida



You look at Apple's wireless Bluetooth powered AirPods and you think that here is a benign device that could never cause a problem. That is, until the day that it does. Earlier this week, Floridian Jason Colon was working out at an LA Fitness in St. Petersburg while listening to a dance mix, when all of a sudden the headphones stopped working. White smoke started to come out of the device.

Realizing that something wasn't right, Colon put the AirPods down on some exercise equipment and ran to get help. When he returned, the right AirPod looked like melted plastic, and was obviously no longer going to work. Some marks on the unit indicated that it was charred. Colon realized that he had dodged a bullet by removing the AirPods from his ears in time. "I don’t know what would’ve happened to my ear," he said. "But I’m sure since it hangs down, it could’ve been [my] ear lobe. Ear lobe could’ve been burnt."

No one in the gym saw the incident, so it is unclear exactly what happened. Colon puts the blame squarely on the batteries, and believes that other AirPods owners need to be warned. So far, there have not been any other reports of an AirPod going up in smoke. Meanwhile, an Apple spokeswomen told a local Tampa television station that it will talk to Colon while it investigates what caused its wearable product to catch on fire.

Check out the report that was televised on the local news by tapping the video at the top of this story.

source: WFLA via MacRumors

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27 Comments

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Apple's verdict after the investigation: "An ear can provide a habitat for MILLIONS of germs. The event documented in this video is a feature (Codename: Operation Clean-up) that 'cleanses' the ears and eliminate 99.99% of germs,16 kinds of bacteria, and other infesticious organisms and improves (dramatically) hearing loss. Apple Inc. in no way, shape or form is responsible for any catastrophic accident that may or may not be triggered with this 'feature'. Thank you for your consideration and choosing an Apple Product. We sincerely hope this unfortunate event won't discourage you from buying newer & better overpriced Apple Products at a hefty premium. Signed. Hire me, Apple. G'Day!

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Last week an iphone exploded in a barbershop.

10. gamehead unregistered

Someone been listening to my mix tap

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Airpods .... the sound just explodes in your ear

14. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Apples version of Boom Sound, comes with free iWarm feature to keep your ears toasty when it's cold.

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6600; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Anyone ever witness a normal pair of wired ear buds/headphones catch fire for no reason?? Most of us knew this was gonna happen eventually...the current battery tech is way too dangerous. Bring back the jack and swappable batteries - make it law!!

25. Jrod99

Posts: 708; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Oh no. I bought some of these. At least he’s ok. Grab some popcorn now and let the show begin.

28. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1313; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

We all know what Apple's investigation will "conclude"with, user completely at fault for using it wrong.

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