Apple iPad explosion forces evacuation of an Australian Vodafone store

Apple iPad explosion forces evacuation of an Australian Vodafone store
A Vodafone store in Canberra, Australia was evacuated and firefighters were called in after the explosion of an Apple iPad Air inside the store resulted in the release of smoke that filled the retail establishment. According to a spokesman for Vodafone, "A burst of flames" came shooting out of an Apple iPad Air demo model. Firefighters were called in when smoke and sparks continued to come out of the tablet, although no one was hurt. Apple sent out a crew to the store on Wednesday to pick up the tablet so that it could do an autopsy on the slate.

Apple has had a problem with chargers recently, although some of the blame has been placed on third party manufacturers. Back in July, a Chinese flight attendant was allegedly electrocuted when she went to answer a call on her Apple iPhone 5. That seemed to kick off a number of stories about iPhone and iPad users getting shocked by their device. One particularly poignant story revolved around a father who was thrown across the room after getting shocked by his 8 year old daughter's iPad.

The Cupertino based company put up a website showing information on how to distinguish a third party charger from an official Apple one. And the tech titan also started an exchange program that offered discounted chargers to those who turned in one made by a third party.

This Apple iPad exploded inside a Vodafone store

This Apple iPad exploded inside a Vodafone store


Thanks, Anonymous Tipster,

source: HeraldSun

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89 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

A demo unit exploded... That's not good.

33. gixxerrider311

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Must have been the "lightning connector"

62. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

yep. That store must have used a 3rd party charger instead of an Apple provided one... you're charging it wrong Australia!

63. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

They were holding it wrong!!! lol...

74. 8logic

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

its a new feature: iplode

86. laurentgrenier1957

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Please explain why they keep saying "the ipad air" when the picture presented as evidence is clearly not the picture of the newly redesigned - with much narrower bezels - ipad. If I had to guess, I would say it is an ipad 2.

87. laurentgrenier1957

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Please explain why they keep saying "the ipad air" when the picture presented as evidence is clearly not the picture of the newly redesigned - with much narrower bezels - ipad. If I had to guess, I would say it is an ipad 2.

2. android_hitman unregistered

Just keep buying apple products... expensive and crap at the same time.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Since it's an authorized retailer, I'm 100% sure they were using the licensed Apple charger. I'd love to find out the cause of the explosion.

5. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'll be right back.. gonna grab my soda and popcorn, kick back and watch the comments rollllll.. WTG Apple!

6. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Is this what they mean with they are flying of the shelves?

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I see what you did there.

13. ilia1986 unregistered

The pressure.. the constant feeling of justified inferiority... it just couldn't take it.

10. PointMaza

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

****ing crapads..

14. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Hey, don't blame Apple for the explosion, it's the store's fault for having on display the wrong way. By the vay, do you guys know if it was able to get in one last iTunes sync before its untiMely demise??

16. ilia1986 unregistered

Yeah - the last app it was installing was minesweeper :P

42. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

lol ..... + i1

18. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

It would be so funny if that incident starts a huge recall on all Ipad Air because they are too small and can't take the heat of being constantly plugged in ( as demos are in store ). or because the paint used on their aluminium body is flamable.

20. ilia1986 unregistered

trickster_qc - actually after reading this article - I dunno if the iPad Air can take the heat - but it can definitely deliver it. :P

29. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

LOL, good one

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Wow the new iPad air is the new iatomic bomb.

23. ilia1986 unregistered

Wait, didn't Steve Jobs said once that he's willing to go thermonuclear on his war on Android? I think he just did.

31. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The iPad probably sensed the presence of Android devices within the vicinity and BOOM!

43. RODJOS

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Yeah, that's exactly what Siri said before blowing herself up . :D

34. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

haha...touche!

22. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Apple fans will probably see this as a huge benefit..."Look what my Ipad can do, what about your android?" :)

24. YuLeven

Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

But, but, but... unchallenged build quality with premium aluminium unibody that really feels great in hand! As longs you still have your hands after using the iPad Air, of course.

25. ilia1986 unregistered

I know what else feels great in my hand - money saved from not buying apple products. :)

27. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

iPad Fire

28. BigBoss10

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

iKiller

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