2. The Big Bang Theory
Date: June 19, 2007
Chinese welder Xiao Jinpeng had his Motorola phone explode near his chest and suffered broken ribs, resulting in bone fragments piercing his heart and killing him. Many of his colleagues believed the handset’s lithium-ion battery erupted due to the high-temperature environment Jinpeng worked in, while a Beijing Moto rep took the high road stating the company’s product was “highly unlikely” to be blamed for—questioning if Jinpeng had used a fake Motorola phone or battery. This would become the first fatality ever recorded in relation to a cell phone explosion.