We’ve heard stories in the past of iPhones, iPads and other devices heating up, exploding or catching fire. More often than not, it’s because someone’s used an unauthorized third party charger. It’s almost never a store unit plugged in to an official adapter.
At a Vodafone store in Australia, that trend has seemingly ended. A demo iPad Air unit caught fire. The fire brigade was called, and the store was evacuated. Thankfully, nobody was hurt during the incident. According to News.com.au:
“A burst of flames” appeared from the charging port of an iPad demo model, a Vodafone spokesperson confirmed.
The fire brigade was called in after the store filled with smoke and sparks continued to appear from the charging port.
As to what’s caused the problem there’s a lot of uncertainty. We’re presuming it was plugged in to an official charger, as is normally the case with in-store demo units. Apple sent someone to the store following the incident to collect the iPad for investigation.
Have you ever had an exploding device, or been in a store and had to be evacuated?