Motorola DROID turns on owner, explodes (Somewhat graphic imagery)

Exploding phones are nothing new, and yesterday’s news of a Motorola DROID that (allegedly) sent it’s owner to the hospital for four stitches pales in comparison to reports of cell phones killing their owners, as occurred in India last August and in Korea a few years back. But this is the first tale of cell phone backlash in the Moto DROID world–at least the first known case where blood was drawn.

Yesterday, reports emerged of a Texan named Aron Embry who, at the tail end of a phone call, heard a loud pop. He looked at his DROID to find the screen shattered (protruding outward) and covered with blood. The battery remained intact. The story has become national news, prompting Motorola to make a statement:

Motorola’s priority is, and always has been the safety of our customers, and all Motorola products are designed, manufactured and tested to meet or exceed international and local standards for consumer safety. We will reach out to the consumer and investigate this thoroughly.

The story was covered by WFAA, channel 8:

Via WFAA (via Reddit)