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An iPhone exploded in this guy's pocket

An iPhone exploded in this guy's pocket
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As much as they're a part of our daily lives, smartphones are still just potentially dangerous pieces of hardware and software. Especially if these gadgets are flawed or damaged.

One Long Island man has third-degree burns on his leg after his iPhone exploded in his pocket. Erik Johnson and his brother had just arrived at his cousin's wake on Valentine's Day, when the unthinkable happened.

"I had the phone in my pocket, simple little gesture, bent over to get keys and all I heard was pop. Sssssh smoke coming out," Johnson said. "And just like an instant burn, my leg just starts going on fire, try to get it out, can't get it out. I was literally jumping up and down trying to get the phone out of my pocket, but I think the phone melted my pockets shut so I couldn't get into it and I had to rip my pants off and throw the pants to the side. A couple of people actually said they could smell my body burning."

Johnson spent 10 days in the hospital's burn unit before he was discharged. Twice a day, a nurse visits his house to change the bandages and check on his recovery from the second and third-degree burns on his inner thigh.

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