Kyle, who put the fire out, claimed the charger wasn’t warm to the touch during the event, which he described as a “very awakening/sobering experience.” Apple is currently investigating the claim, per CBS, after Bentz reached out to the company.
Although terrifying, Bentz’s story fits within a common thread of popular smartphones exploding at random over the course of 2016, and occasionally maiming people. Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 smartphone became notorious after a deluge of reports cited its tendency to ignite, often in extremely dangerous situations. The Korean company eventually recalled the device last fall -- a first for any prominent manufacturer of smartphones, and one that delivered a staggering financial blow.
Apple has been party to its share of phone explosions in recent months, and not just in the United States. Customers in China reported multiple iPhone 6 and 6s explosions throughout the country late last year, while a few reports of Apple’s newest device, the iPhone 7, have indicated that it might also catch fire in certain instances.
So sleep tight -- and at a safe distance from your phone.