A man in Cedar Hill Texas was injured on Thursday requiring four stitches in his ear. The man, Aaron Embry, alleges that he was on a call on his Motorola Droid 2, on the Verizon Wireless network, when he ended his call he heard a “pop” and then noticed blood running down his face and on his phone and that part of the screen had exploded.
WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth reported that Embry was immediately rushed to the hospital, although other internet sources are saying he went home to take pictures and then went to the hospital. Being that the TV station website had the photo above it looks like he did stop for that photo op.
Embry said he just bought the phone 2 days prior. No word on whether the phone had been rooted or overclocked, or if the phone was bought new or used. Although they do come up from time to time, stories of exploding cell phones are rare. Typically they also involve exploding on the back in the battery area.
There are reports of a man in India and a woman in China dying as a result of exploding phones. The only other case reported this year in the United States was of a 19 year old girl in Wisconsin. Her phone caught fire while charging. The girl was injured putting out the fire.
Motorola is taking Embry’s injury quite seriously. They made the following statement
Embry was treated and released from Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas Texas. According to reports his phone was still functioning after the injury. If we hear more we will let you know…
UPDATE: After reviewing the video, talking to a couple of engineers, going on our own gut instinct we really believe this guy is full of it. An explosion the magnitude to make the injury shown in the photo would a) have more blood splatter on the phone b) cracked the glass even more c) rendered the phone inusuable and d) most likely burned Mr. Embry not just cut him. e) With the experience I have heating up batteries (for example using PDAnet for hours on end) to blow up the phone in that manner it would have become extremely hot. The TV reporter says the Embrys are looking for help from Motorola for their injuries and of course a lawyer. Knowing the way “Ambulance Chaser” lawyers operate, if this had been a true incident they would have booked the lawyer at the hospital. Seeing from the video that they called 9-1-1 and presumably had an ambulance come it would have gone out on the scanner and lawyers would have been lined up at the hospital. Just our editorial thoughts…