Australian Woman Suffers Burns on Face and Neck as Headphone Batteries Catch Fire

BGR India

March 16, 2017

The explosion caused serious burns across the face, neck and hands.

After the Galaxy Note 7, we have something new to worry about - exploding headphones. An Australian woman suffered some serious burns across her face, hand and neck due to her battery-operated headphones catching fire. The explosion took place on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne, Australian air safety investigators confirmed.

The woman, who is still unidentified, fell asleep on the aircraft while she still had her headphones around her head. About two hours into the flight, she woke up to a loud explosion, and felt a burning sensation on her face. She immediately threw the headphones on the floor of the flight, and noticed sparks and small amount of fire coming out of the headphones.

"I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck," the woman told the Associated Press. "I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire."

To control the fire, flight attendants immediately poured water on the device to douse the sparks, only to observe that the battery and cover were melted and stuck to the floor of the plane.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, although the transport safety agency said it believes the batteries in the headphones likely caught on fire. The agency did not disclose what brand of headphones the woman was using.

Needless to say, this incidence is reminiscent of the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last year, which were caused by faulty batteries. In addition to the Galaxy Note 7, several other “exploding” phones were recorded, including the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and the Xiaomi Mi 5, and a Xiaomi Mi 4i.

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