Apple store in Switzerland evacuated after iPhone battery explosion

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  • A repairman was slight injured after an iPhone battery overheated and exploded in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Almost 50 persons, including clients and store crew, had to be evacuated following the explosion
  • Forensic specialists are examining what caused the incident, police said

A man was slightly injured and customers, as well as crew, of an Apple store had to be evacuated Tuesday in Zurich, Switzerland after an overheated iPhone battery exploded, police said.

50 workers and customers were reportedly forced to leave the store on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse shopping avenue after a repair worker burned his hand while removing the battery from the device.

According to Zurich City police, the device suddenly exploded for an unknown reason as it was being removed by a repair worker on Tuesday; burning his hand slightly. Seven other people received medical attention but were not hospitalized,” the report said via SwissInfo.

“The staff responded well and correctly. They sprinkled quartz sand over the overheated battery so that the smoke could be contained and sucked out after switching on the ventilation,” a police statement said.

Forensic specialists are examining what caused the incident, police said.