A journalism student at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe was hospitalized after her cell phone exploded in her handbag, leaving her unconscious.
The university confirmed to our Bulawayo bureau that Khanyile Sithole was rushed to the United Bulawayo Hospitals after she collapsed following the blast in a lecture room on Monday.
Investigations are underway to establish what might have caused the explosion. The university’s spokesperson Thabani Mpofu, spoke to ZTN.
“The student had her cellphone in her handbag and it then just exploded.
The student was not injured and the other classmates were not injured.
She, however, suffered shock and was taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals where she was treated and discharged.
“At the moment we have no idea what might have caused the explosion. She also had a small perfume in her bag which might have worsened the situation in terms of the explosion,” he said.
Mobile technology expert, Edwin Chabuka explained what may cause mobile devices to explode and the precautions that should be taken.
“A phone has a battery that stores power it needs for it to work, so if a phone is to explode, it’s going to be one of two things. Either the part of the phone responsible for putting power into the battery which is called the charging system or the battery itself.
“If it is the charging system the phone may explode while it is charging and in a lot of cases it is due to use of either a wrong charger or a damaged charging cable. If it is the battery itself which can be one of the things that can cause an explosion it can happen whilst it’s charging or not. If a phone explodes whilst it’s charging it can be due to overheating. Most original phones, however, automatically stop charging if the battery gets too hot.
“But if you feel your phone is too hot to the touch when charging, then best check if the cable is fine or if you are using the correct charger. One other reason is a faulty battery either from the manufacturer or faulty from usage which is seen by the battery swelling up or bulging. Once you see a swelling battery it is best to dispose of it,” he said.