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Cell phone battery catches fire, burns hacker’s tail at Defcon

Cell phone battery catches fire, burns hacker’s tail at Defcon

Cell phone battery catches fire, burns hacker’s tail at Defcon
News from CNET:

Freak incident leads to cell phone battery lighting a real fire under a man’s backside. Hotel room key-card saves him.

July 29, 2012 3:43 PM PDT

Defcon attendee shows CNET his charred backside after his cell phone battery spontaneously caught fire and seared a hole through his pants pocket.

(Credit: Elinor Mills/CNET)

LAS VEGAS — A cell phone battery spontaneously caught fire today, burned through a Defcon attendee’s back pants pocket, and fell on the floor, creating burn spots on a carpet and leaving a burn-hole in the attendee’s chair.

The man, who asked not to be identified, was not harmed but his trousers were ruined. He told CNET that he was sitting in a session at Defcon around 11:30 a.m. PT when he started to smell something burning and felt some heat underneath him on his seat. He stood up to find that his back left pocket was on fire.

“I smelled the burn, the smoke, and I stood up and could literally see flames,” he said. “I tried to tap it out (with a hand) and it fell to the floor. It burned right through the backside.”

The battery, which he said goes with a Droid Bionic s…………… continues on CNET

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