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IPhone battery overheats, Apple store in Zurich evacuated

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Theresa Hayes | 10 January, 2018, 09:09

An Apple store was evacuated after an iPhone battery overheated Tuesday, causing a build-up of smoke and left a fix worker who was removing the battery injured.

As reported by Watson, emergency services were called to the Apple Store shortly after 10:00am on Tuesday, forcing around 50 customers and employees to leave the building temporarily while responders acted upon the smoking battery.

Seven people were injured in the incident with terrified consumers spilling out into Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues.

Specialists from the Zurich Forensic Institute were studying the battery to determine the cause of the incident.

A local Apple Genius (aka technician) in Zurich-based store suffered burns while working to remove the iPhone battery, making us recall the Samsung Galaxy Note7 fiasco.

Reuters quotes a police statement that suggested "there was a slight build-up of smoke" in the store.

The device exploded abruptly when the repairman was examining the device, without any particular reason, said the Zurich police official. - The staff responded well and correctly. It then began emitting smoke, prompting the staff to throw quartz sand on it to contain the smoke and allow it to be ventilated.