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Freshly-charged battery thought to be culprit.

A Chinese man has died after an exploding cell phone apparently severed his carotid artery, according to reports from China. The local Chinese paper Shin Min Daily is reporting on the victim, thought to be a computer shop clerk in his twenties.

One of the man's coworkers said both were in the store together, when she heard a loud bang, and turned to find the victim lying in a pool of blood. The man had apparently just finished charging the phone and placed it in his shirt pocket.

The make and model of the phone were not reported. Police are said to be investigating whether the cell phone or the battery were counterfeit.

Motorola and Nokia have in the past denied links to problem batteries in China.

This is said to be the ninth such cell phone explosion in China since 2002, including one last year which killed an iron worker in Gansu province.

There have been several other reports of people killed by cell phone explosions, in nations ranging from Ghana to South Korea.

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RE: It is time...
By Totally on 2/3/2009 12:20:36 PM , Rating: 3
there have been over ten of these case in china within the past year, but it's china home of knocking-off the knock-off.

RE: It is time...
By mars777 on 2/3/2009 12:38:52 PM , Rating: 2
Still 1 on 100 million :P

RE: It is time...
By Alexstarfire on 2/3/2009 2:23:10 PM , Rating: 2
Do you just make up numbers or something, because the numbers I mentioned are right in the article.

RE: It is time...
By afkrotch on 2/3/2009 4:12:13 PM , Rating: 3
They need to increase the incidents to help stop overpopulation. At the same time put some kind of poison into baby formula, cheaply construct buildings so it easily collapses during an earthquake, and maybe while your at it, taint dog food too.

RE: It is time...
By masher2 on 2/3/2009 4:34:47 PM , Rating: 2
As China modernizes its antiquated agricultural system, it's going to find its massive population to be a tremendous asset, rather than something that needs to be reduced.

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