Phone explodes and causes panic at an office: all caught on video

We've all heard those stories about phones exploding while on the charge, but it's quite the rarity to see such an explosion recorded on video.

If you've ever been curious to see how it all looks like, now you have a chance. In a rare video, an Indian man, Ajay Raj Negi, was captured using his phone - a Xiaomi Mi 4i - in what looks like a regular usage when the device explodes in the office causing quite the panic and stir.

"I was like usually using my MI4I phone sitting at my desk in office ... I could have lost my life or my arm or maybe people around me also could have come in the wrap of the disaster that happened," Ajay Raj Negi posted on Facebook.

The phone was purchased on Indian Amazon equivalent Flipkart, meaning it was bought via an official and well-established seller. It's no surprise that the man wants an explanation from Xiaomi about this incident, as this could have been a way more serious accident.



2. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Not cool, but damn funny.

5. MEeee

Posts: 412; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

It's not as bad as fatality by iLectrocution.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

pouring water to desk with working computer, monitor, and all other electricity can make thing worse.. didnt they have fire extinguisher in that office? :-/

34. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Especially with computer as you said, they should had had a portable extinguishers and a halon protection system, if they could afford it.

11. peace247 unregistered

I've seen this on tv.... he actually bought a local battery and that caused the fire.

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

mi4i battery is non-removable... (but maybe he ask some non-official repair service to replace the battery)

18. Plutonium239

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

That is not an explosion. That lithium ion cell underwent a non-passive thermal event, likely due to a manufacturing defect in the separator material inside the cell, that or the cell reached a temperature that degraded the separator film and it could not stop the reaction and the temperature continued to climb until the electrolyte reached it's flash-point.

29. shaprack

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 20, 2016

did aliens arrived on phonearena bcs i cant understand that alien language lol

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

IKR?! Haha. I think he was saying, the battery was has a piece of material that separates it from the phone so when it gets hot it prevents a fire. Whatever this material is, it failed because it was either missing or defective. This allowed the heating battery from charging to exceed it thermal state and explode/catch fire.

35. Plutonium239

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

No, the separator is a thin material that separate the electrodes inside of the battery from each other to prevent a short.

26. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

you can see the charger was burnt, most likely using non-official/ defect charger.

28. ryandt220

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 11, 2015

A piece of junk Chinese phone with a Chinese battery. Who couldn't see that coming?

30. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Couldn't think of an explosion pun for Xiaomi :/ probably Powmi?

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow! The way the sparks were coming out, you'd think he lit a sparkler. But what exactly does Xiaomi need to explain? One in every so many phones from production will or can be defective. Accidents happen. Good thing it wasn't in your pocket, or bed, or car or up to your ear. Xiaomi probably does have to pay for those damages though. Unless that guy did something stupid with the phone

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow I wonder what he was doing when the phone exploded? I mean, didn't he feel it get very hot? Because I noticed he jumped before the sparks. So I wonder what made him jump? He claims he was using his phone normally. I thought he was doing something to it while he was holding it. Like shoving a sharp object into it. The video is blurry. They need to install better security

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