Could Your iPod Burst into Flames?


Apple iPod and iPhone users should handle their gadgets with care, not just because of the money they’ve spent on the trendy devices, but also because they could be a fire hazard.

A man in Liverpool, England reported that, after dropping his daughter’s iPod, it started to heat up, made a hissing noise, steamed, gave off smoke and flew 10 feet into the air, notes The Consumerist. What’s more, the popular gadget and computer maker offered the man a refund on the condition that he sign a letter promising confidentiality about the incident.

And according to documents released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been at least 15 burn and fire related incidents reported by iPod owners, says KIRO 7 News in Seattle, which analyzed and summarized the documents. The incidents listed included a shock, smoke, damage to a home and furniture, and one case in which a device caught fire in a man’s pocket.

Apple declined to comment on KIRO's report.

There have also been rumors that Apple’s (Stock Quote: AAPL) new iPhone 3GS could overheat.

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