iPad explodes in an Apple Store in Amsterdam

The Apple Store in Amsterdam where the iPad explosion occurred. (Source: AT5 News)
The Apple Store in Amsterdam where the iPad explosion occurred. (Source: AT5 News)
An iPad exploded in the Apple Store in Amsterdam on Sunday possibly due to an overheated battery. Luckily no one was injured but some of the staff are being treated in a local hospital for respiratory complications.

It is not often Apple finds itself in the news for exploding gadgets save for a stray incident here and there. Last Sunday, staff and customers in the Apple Store in Leidseplein, Amsterdam was evacuated temporarily after an Apple iPad 'exploded' according to reports from the local fire service. Luckily, the Apple Store employees were quick to react and doused the flames by placing the affected iPad in sand. 

The cause for the explosion is thought to be a leaky or overheated battery in the iPad. While no one was injured in the incident, three people were admitted to a local hospital for respiratory complications following the explosion possibly due to emissions of some vapor or irritating substance from the iPad.

Following the incident, the local fire service temporarily evacuated the Store and allowed the business to resume by 3 PM. A similar incident happened in Zurich, Switzerland where an iPhone battery exploded in a local Apple Store injuring a repair worker. 


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-08-21 (Update: 2018-08-21)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.