A Vodafone retail store in Canberra, Australia was forced to evacuate earlier this week after an iPad demo unit burst into flames, according to News.com.au. While no one was injured, the news outlet says that the “explosion” was large enough that the city’s firebrigade was called to the scene….

Here’s News.com.au with the report:

” A burst of flames” appeared from the charging port of an iPad demo model, a Vodafone spokesperson confirmed to news.com.au.

The firebrigade was called in after the store filled with smoke and sparks continued to appear from the charging port.

No staff members or customers were injured during the incident, Vodafone confirmed.” 

The site goes on to say that an Apple representative visited the Vodafone store on Wednesday to collect the device to try and determine what exactly caused the incident, but not much else is known. And as you can imagine, the company has thus far refused any requests for comments.

Keep in mind that this isn’t the first time that an Apple device has caused safety concerns this year. Back in July, a Chinese woman died after reportedly receiving an electric shock from her iPhone. And just a few weeks later, a Chinese man was left in a coma after a similar incident.

Apple went on to blame “unauthorized third-party adapters” for the incident, and launched its ‘Takeback’ initiative, which discounted official power adapters to $10 with trade-in. But with this device being in a retailer store, it’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, it has to say this time.

Note that the original News.com.au story said the tablet that caught fire was a new iPad Air demo model, but it has since changed it to simply “an iPad demo model.”

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  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    OT but nice re-design of the Disqus commenting system. It’s now a lot easier to use on the iPhone…

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Buggy. I can’t type long comments on iPhone.

    • Anonymous_Coward_86

      Flaming or non-flaming iPhone?

  • Christopher

    APPLE has started to irritate me with there buggy iOS7 and these kind of incidents. I am an APPLE fan but I will jump the sharks if they don’t get a grip now. Steve should have been alive.

    • iBanks

      Lol! That’s all I can do to this response… “Steve should have been alive”…. I guess him being alive would have prevented iOS 7 bugs and an iPad many miles away from catching fire.

      • Christopher

        If you say that then you prob didn’t know how he ran the company. He would have never allowed a buggy crap like this to be released and even if he did he would have fired there asses for not fixing these issues.

      • Guest

        he let Forstall F-Up maps.

      • CollegiateLad

        Years ago my 17″ Macbook Pro’s battery burst into flames – Apple replaced it for free of course as my incident was not isolated.

        By many, Dot Mac and mobile me were considered an absolute mess.

        These are just a few examples of things that have occurred on Steve’s watch.

        You certainly overestimate Steve’s ability. I can’t think of a single product that has not needed a software patch at some point or another. It’s true for Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, Ubuntu etc… If you plan to avoid bugs at all cost, your plan must be to never purchase anything that runs software again.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        I know this for sure: iOS 7 is the buggiest iOS I’ve seen this far.

      • CollegiateLad

        I can’t argue with your experience. Mine is a pleasant one thus far.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        If you have an iPad, open the stock photo app, go to shared, get out of activity by going back to streams then try opening activity by pinching out instead of tapping. Crashes the photo app EVERY TIME. This is just one of many examples, albeit the most reproducible one. I enabled sending usage reports to apple in the hope it gets fixed. And guess what? 6+ betas and 4 official releases later and it still crashes. My friends’ iPads suffer the same issue, so it isn’t just me. Sigh.

      • CollegiateLad

        I’m not in denial that bugs exist. And I have no desire to recreate an experience that causes my device to crash – Not that it matters to you, but I do believe you. What I can say is if I were plagued by this issue, I would “tap” activity as opposed to pinching out.

        And like you, I’ve sent errors to Apple that too fell on deaf ears. A year later and the map inaccuracy is still present. Oh well, what can we do?


      • macboy74

        Guessing you never used Android.

      • Christopher

        nexus 7

      • dpacemaker

        You forgot the failed social site Ping.

      • Antzboogie

        Your a fool this is the buggiest ios I have ever encountered so hush.#RealTalk

      • Christopher

        mobile me crew got fired

      • iBanks

        Trust me, I know how well he ran things. But not even he could prevent and OS from having bugs. As I mentioned before, most bugs aren’t found until an product goes to the masses being that their are different variances of usage. Keep in mind, every app you use on your device sends an update stating only “bug fixes” as to with every OS, that’s usually where all your x.01..02..03..etc versions come in play. I’ve had every single iPhone and iPad since it’s conception, each had big fixes presented.

      • Antzboogie

        Yeah but this is the worst ios I have dealt with even compass and sensors are off an exploding iPad Air theb retracted their statement that it was just an iPad Lmao unless this selling fake Apple products or they just straight up lying.

      • Christopher

        there was no need to change the looks of ios 6 at all. should have just included control cebter and thats it. there is a reason steve never approved this design///

      • iBanks

        Obviously not if iOS7 was started after he passed.

      • Rowan09

        No testing can give real world scenarios and that’s why they have patches. The testing phase is very controlled but in the real world not so much, this is when you really see what’s wrong and release patches. Customers, technicians, etc help to find flaws and the companies fix them.

      • BoardDWorld

        You’re right, not sure why all the flame wars follow your comment. iOS 7 is extremely buggy & there is a problem with lightning cords that could have caused this, I have pushed Apple into giving me a new cord over it. I still have my original iPhone 2g cord and it is perfect to this day.

        The problem which anyone with a lightning jack cable can identify and monitor is the outer casing bulges at the cable where it meets the flex joint. I have had 4 cords all do the same and all the cords at the apple stores are doing it too. This bulge gets bigger until it eventually splits and rapidly deteriates from this point. It’s a huge problem and I’m surprised it hasn’t hit media.

      • Donglemecurious

        The soft touch rubber Apple uses for their cables appears to disintegrate rather easily. The cord that came with my iPad 3 fell apart near the 30 pin end just as you described. An older ipod cable I have has no such issue and gets used now.

        They must really want people to have to buy new cords, eh? Planned obsolescence meets planned material disintegration. Too bad there aren’t millions of old lightning cables around with the older, more durable outer casing.

      • Antzboogie

        He wouldve helped I tell you that much. So you make no sense.

      • Christopher

        go read some history first

    • Patrick

      I can assure you these things happen and happened even when the legendary steve jobs was alive but apple wasn’t that big then but now every little thing that happens grasps the media’s attention and they broadcast it like it’s armageddon and btw it’s not up to Apple as much but foxconn, they make all the products.

      • Christopher

        you are wrong

    • Rowan09

      It’s an electronic device and no one can make them bug free or incident free that’s just reality. As long as a majority of devices are not catching fire, etc that’s all you can do.

      • troothseek3r

        as long as “majority” of devices of don’t catch it’s fine, you say?
        pitch from car salesman: “so… this car model, you gotta buy it. it’s the latest hip model on the market this year. it has all the latest features and options. and as a bonus, 51% of these cars don’t even catch fire! more than half our customers stay alive after driving this car! how can you not buy it?????”

      • Rowan09

        You can’t be serious. Remember when some Toyota cars where accelerating by itself? How many people stopped buying Toyotas? My point is no matter what electronic devices will malfunction, it’s impossible to have anything perfect so as an adult I’m assuming you are this is common knowledge. If you are trying to now say this is a serious issue with Apple devices I would need some proof? A surge protector is used to try and prevent fires same as a fuse because electronic devices malfunction all the time.

    • dpacemaker

      Yeah because you know Steve was all like “I wanna die, I know I should stay alive, but I like the idea of being dead”. I have to say that “Steve should have been alive” is the stupidest thing I’ve read in the comments on iDb.

      • Antzboogie

        Who wouldnt have wanted him alive?? Everyone did!! Your comment is the dumbest one in the history of this website. RIP STEVE JOBS

      • dpacemaker

        I’d have to say you have no clue about his statement. His statement is one that makes it sound like Steve Jobs was on vacation, or he left the company to retire. The guy died, the statement “Steve should have been alive” is a ignorant statement. Your reply has taken his reigns though so kudos to you and your lack of knowledge and education of how proper English is to be used.

      • Christopher

        yeah blame your dumbness on english.

      • Christopher

        dumb, really dumb reply

    • Clement Yeo

      for Christ sake, leave Steve at peace

    • Kamal Ahmad

      Dude the same thing happened with dell once at a presentation of their new laptop, it fell and burst into flames.
      Accidents happen, the ipad air at vodafone must be a prototype.

  • chumawumba

    That’s why you don’t use third party cables

    • Christopher

      in apple store?

      • chumawumba

        Actually it was a Vodafone retail store

      • Christopher

        They were using chinese cables?

  • Rowan09

    From the picture it doesn’t seem like it’s an iPad Air, it looks like an older model. It’s great no one was injured.

  • Manuel Molina

    Well they have mention that the iPad was on fire with their sales in stores as of late. I guess this proves it. HA!

  • Kamal Ahmad

    I never knew how powerful the ipad was until today lol

  • Nigel Elton

    The store would’ve obviously overcharged the poor iPad for weeks which led to its explosion..

    • Altechi

      Other devices would of been overcharged as well you know, it was not only the iPad. It is a phone store

  • Jo

    Sometimes your iPad bursts into flames after hardcore gaming.

  • dpacemaker

    How come this stuff never happens in the U.S? Maybe because we have a far stabler electricity infrastructure, even if that’s the only thing we have that’s stable.

    • As an Australian, I disagree. Australia’s electricity grid is one of the best in the world.
      It’s more likely that 240V AC went straight into the iPad due to a short circuit, likely due to the dodgy security devices that prevent customers stealing devices becoming faulty.

      • Ryan / reeὶὶkѳ™

        yep, most likely the cause. i wish americans would stop thinking nothing bad happens in their country

      • dpacemaker

        Sorry, my comment wasn’t directly aimed at Australia. From what I have heard is that AU is very advanced in nearly every facet of technology. For the most part a lot of the world has a far less stable infrastructure than the U.S, and ours has gotten significantly worse.

      • Christopher

        How exactly?

  • I’d say that the dodgy in-store security/charging combo setup short-circuited, resulting in 240V AC going straight into the iPad. That’s going to blow anything up, and the risk is only heightened when those cables are treated poorly, frayed, and damaged by customer abuse.

  • Joseph

    So those screen burn-in issues were literal?

    • Christopher

      do you even know the meaning of burn-in?

      • Joseph

        Do you even know the meaning of a joke?

      • Christopher

        No, please teach me.

  • Abdl

    It seems like newer Apple devices keep detoriotating in terms of quality… iPhone 5s= Battery issues. iPad Air=Flames…???!!

  • n0ahcruz3

    They’re charging it wrong

  • Zachary Arain

    i really hope no one got hurt

  • Ted Forbes

    Unless this problem is frequent in this model, this happening to one, two or three devices does not mean their is something wrong with the model, perhaps the stock if anything. Other than that it could be a number of things.

    So don’t panic, don’t toss your iPad out your windows for Windows or Androids just yet.