Physical Science Blog

Can your cell phone kill you?

December 21, 2007

It would surprise most people to learn that an exploding cell phone could pack enough of a wallop to kill them. A severe burn—maybe, but it’s hard to imagine an innocuous consumer item causing death.

Surprisingly enough, a South Korean man was recently thought to have died from a cell-phone inflicted injury. He was found dead at his workplace with a melted cell phone in his shirt pocket, according to CNN.com.

The news made some South Koreans fear for their lives, according to the Korea Herald, one of South Korea’s English-language newspapers.

However by Friday the matter was cleared up. It wasn’t the technology that had killed the man, it was a co-worker who had backed into him with a truck, reported the Korea Herald. He had made it intentionally look like the cellphone had killed the man to avoid prosecution.

We’re safe from our cellphones…for the moment.

Subscribe

The Scienceline Newsletter

Sign up for biweekly updates

About the Author

Discussion

6 Comments

Liya says:

Awesommeee!

Liya says:

I love cellar devices! I have one! They are stellar! give me a what what!

Tom says:

What is Wallop? And what does survere mean????? sorry im so stupid! lol

john says:

lol how did that happen?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *