iPod Nano Catches Fire in Man's Pocket

Battery on 2-year-old device may have burst into flames
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2007 2:38 PM CDT
A file photo shows Apple Computers Inc. iPod Nano on display in front of a giant Apple poster during in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005. The recent rollout of songs without copy protection...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Apple may have another fire to put out—literally. Danny Williams says he was at work in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport when his 2-year-old iPod Nano caught fire in his pocket. “If TSA had come by and seen me smoking, they could have honestly thought I was a terrorist,” he told PC World, though he has no witnesses to back up the story.

Apple has yet to comment on the report, but it did send Williams a packet to return the device. iPods operate on lithium-ion batteries, which have been recalled in the past for catching fire in laptops. Williams wasn’t injured by the fire, shielded he believes by a glossy piece of paper he had in his pocket.