A Motorola Droid 2 owner in Texas was taken to the hospital after suffering injuries he claims to have suffered when his smartphone exploded in his hand.
Aron Embry says he had just concluded a call when he heard a popping sound and realized his ear was bleeding, eventually requiring stitches. The apparent damage to the Droid 2 is centered around the earpiece, causing the top of the screen to crack. Despite the damage, the phone is supposedly still in working condition.
Before you start panicking and lock your Droid 2 away in a drawer, no one’s yet confirmed the veracity of Embry’s story. In fact, there’s cause for suspicion, since the phone’s battery is unharmed. In most of the publicised cases of “exploding” phones, it’s a faulty or mistreated battery that bursts or catches on fire. While the chemicals in some batteries have the potential to start a reaction, it’s hard to think of another phone component that would both be located by the earpiece and be able to release enough energy to injure the user.
While some sites have been suggesting that Embry staged the incident, possibly related to an earlier ear injury, it’s a bit premature for accusations. Motorola made a statement that it will “reach out to the consumer and investigate this thoroughly”. Once the company’s engineers have a chance to look over the Droid 2, we’ll hopefully learn more about what could have caused the damage to the phone. Until you hear otherwise, consider it safe to go on using your Droid 2 like normal.