An iPhone battery overheated at an Apple store on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse on Tuesday suddenly exploded for an unknown reason. It was being removed by a repair worker which was injured, having burns. Seven other people received medical attention but were not hospitalized. Apple employees reacted quickly by sprinkling sand on the overheating battery.
Someone inside the store called the fire department. The smoking battery prompted the evacuation of around 50 customers and staff from the shop. A tank fire truck , several ambulances and an emergency vehicle were at the scene. Specialists were examining what caused the incident, police said.
Apple store in Zurich
The phone was identified as an iPhone 6 Plus. It’s a known fact: phone batteries can overheat at any time. This time was a bit different because it occurred in a store. In many cases, the company attributed the problem to an "aggressive" battery design. Currently, when it comes to older iPhones (including the 6 Plus), Apple is offering to replace the batteries for $29 not because they're unstable, but because some may be slowing the phones excessively. The same chemical properties that make batteries work also make them likely to catch fire. There are many common ways for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to break.Generally speaking, batteries could be dangerous. Exploding batteries can be the consequence of overeager companies pushing technology to the limit.