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South Korean man may have been killed by exploding cell phone battery

Investigations are ongoing in the case of a South Korean man who could quite possibly be the first person in the world to be a victim of death by erm, cell phone.

Investigations are ongoing in the case of a South Korean man who could quite possibly be the first person in the world to be a victim of death by erm, cell phone.

Excerpt from the International Herald Tribune:

The man, identified only by his family name Suh, was found dead at his workplace in a quarry Wednesday morning, and his mobile phone battery was melted in his shirt pocket, a police official in Cheongwon, 135 kilometers (85 miles) south of Seoul, told The Associated Press.

Kim Hoon, a doctor who examined the body, told the Yonhap news agency that the death was probably caused by an explosion of the battery.

Kim said, "He sustained an injury that is similar to a burn in the left chest and his ribs and spine were broken. It is presumed that pressure caused by the explosion damaged his heart and lungs, leading to his death."

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

10 comments
enriquehernz
enriquehernz

just another idea for terrorists... sheesh.

ejhonda
ejhonda

Needs to go back to school. He can't tell whether injuries are from a backhoe or a cell phone? I'd LOVE to see him do a CSI show.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I find it very difficult to believe a cell phone battery could explode with enough force to break ribs and spine, but I'm not a battery expert, a doctor, don't play one on TV, and didn't stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

construction worker was pinned by accident and crushed, the worked who crushed him tried to cover it up. They don't know if they lit the phone on fire or it burst into flame when crushed. I'd guess they lit it as the UL testing checks for stuff like that.

The Listed 'G MAN'
The Listed 'G MAN'

ever seen Trigger Happy TV? Pouch hanging off my belt - NEVER DO THIS

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Sounds like another one of those cheap-to-produce programs consisting of a smarmy host making supposedly funny remarks about home videos. In this case I suspect the submitted footage shows people who slept through their gun safety classes engaged in hilarious hi-jinks that would make even the NRA reconsider the Second Amendment. Am I close?

The Listed 'G MAN'
The Listed 'G MAN'

Quick-fire comedy from the socially unacceptable Dom Joly, with a superbly chosen pop music soundtrack accompanying a feast of visual gags. Plenty of clips on YouTube.