Laptop Battery Explodes ‘Like a Bomb’ – Injures Woman
MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Fire officials in Bucks County are investigating what caused a laptop computer to explode, injuring the woman who was using it inside her Langhorne Manor home.
“It blew up. It flipped my computer back and the battery pack and all came out this way,” Loretta Luff recalled, “The next thing I knew, my shirt was on fire, I grabbed that and took that off and I think that’s when I singed my hair.”
Langhorne Manor laptop burn victim: ‘I’m doggone lucky’
First, she heard a barely noticeable noise, which was followed by a faint chemical smell. The next thing Loretta Luff knew, her shirt was on fire.
Also on fire was her 6-year-old Dell Inspiron laptop computer, which she had been using for about a half-hour.
The laptop then exploded, propelling the battery pack and pieces of burning debris through the air. They landed on the carpet causing roughly a dozen little fires throughout the living room. Scorch marks were found as far as 6 to 8 feet away from where the laptop was sitting.
“It was scary,” the 72-year-old Langhorne Manor resident said Tuesday.
—By Jo Ciavaglia | buckscountycouriertimes.com
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