Dell Laptop Explodes in Conference

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, June 21, 2006

dell laptop explodesA Dell laptop sudenly exploded into flames, in what could have been a deadly accident, at a Japanese conference.

“The damn thing was on fire and produced several explosions for more than five minutes”
via The Inquirer

I suspect it is the battery.

I used to regularly carry Dell laptops in planes (and use them). It is only a matter of time before Dell laptops explode in a plane too. Imagine the fate of an exploding Dell laptop owner on a plane!

Update: According to Reuters, the laptop is now back in the manufacturer’s hands. Dell technicians has begun to dissect the machine’s remains to see if they can figure out why it apparently proved so flammable.

January 8, 2007: 11:43 pm

[...] “Take a laptop which runs perfectly and hop on a transatlantic flight. There is a high risk that it will jam up once during the trip and you have to reboot it.” Now that is another good reason not to use Laptop in flights. Personally I have seen it happen once or twice but I previously attributed them to the vagaries of Windows. [...]

August 1, 2006: 6:21 pm

spill any fluid over a notebook and it will start doing very weird things. or intentionally spill high percentage alcohol, and the thing will start to burn exactly as described.

but right: people do drink a lot in planes, so it is dangerous.

July 31, 2006: 9:08 am

[...] Last month I reported the first case of Dell laptop’s exploding in flames at a conference in Japan. [...]

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