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Florida resident Jason Colon was listening to his AirPods while at the gym this week when they started to malfunction, and a white smoke allegedly started pouring out.

According to Colon, he then left the AirPods sitting on a piece of gym equipment and ran to get help, and when he got back, one of the AirPods was charred and destroyed.

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"It was already like this. It was already popped. I didn't see it happen, but I mean, it was already fried! You can see flame damage," Colon told a local channel 8 news station.

It appears no one else at the gym was around to see what happened to the AirPod, so it's not clear if the device did spontaneously explode. There have been no prior reports of issues with AirPods, but it is not uncommon for iPhones and other devices to see one off battery issues that can result in fire.

According to an Apple spokesperson, Apple is investigating the incident and will be reaching out to Colon to figure out what happened.

Article Link: Apple Investigating AirPods That Allegedly Caught Fire in Florida
 

zorinlynx

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Didn't Apple say that the Airpods are not sweat-proof?

I'm betting he was sweating at the gym and the nice conductive salty sweat worked its way inside and shorted things out.

Still, they shouldn't catch freaking fire when this happens. It's a bit scary!
 
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rafark

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There must be very few things worse tan having an explosion right in your ears.:eek:
 
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pauljbax

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What people will do to make a buck...any evidence of fire will be on the piece of equipment.
 
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artfossil

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It’s Florida (my future home). I didn’t need to read any more. I mean sinkholes, tropical storms, palmettos . . .
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keysofanxiety

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It’s Florida (my future home). I didn’t need to read any more. I mean sinkholes, tropical storms, palmettos . . .
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What in the sweet Lord’s name is the purpose for that terrifying man-sized bottom-feeding grub bug. It’s like something off Starship Troopers, except less endearing and more revolting.

I would have been perfectly happy spending the rest of my days not knowing that existed.
 
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Pbrutto

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I still find the picture to be offputting. The hand and fingers look to be the right scale, but the airpods look shorter and fatter. Even if you angle the airpods and take a pic, there is no angle to create that illusion. Then I thought.....perhaps the pictures is incorrectly scaled, but again....the palm and fingers look correct. So what is the deal with this pic?

I have always found mine to get warm in my ear, at first it bothered me but now I’m used to it. Hope nobody ever has this happen when they are wearing them!
 
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Relentless Power

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I’ll file this under manufacturing defect.

Maybe. But someone else alluded to that it could possibly be due to the fact that these are not water resistant, and if Moisture got inside the AirPods or affected a component, which could have triggered some reaction causing the AirPod to react the way it did. None the less, Apples engineers will definitely Conduct an investigation on the matter.
 
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