Tech giant Apple launched its wireless earpods in 2016 along with the iPhone 7 which was the first iPhone to not possess a 3.5mm headphone jack. The earpods have 5-hour long battery life and can be charged wirelessly. According to recent research data from The NPD Group, 900,000 completely wireless headphone units have been sold in the U.S. since the start of the year. And while the research data doesn’t delineate what the market share breakdown looks like for companies like Apple, Sony, and Bose, the data does reveal that 85% of all the money spent on completely wireless headphones is spent on AirPods.

The following incident, if proven true may put a dent on the sales records given above. On February 8th, 2018 Jason Colon, a resident of Florida claimed that his earpods caught fire during a workout. According to Colon, this incident happened while he was listening to some dance music while at the gym.

He saw smoke emerging from the right earpiece and immediately left the earpods on some gym equipment to look for help. When he returned Colon saw that the earpod had exploded.

"It was already like this. It was already popped. I didn't see it happen, but I mean, it was already fried! You can see flame damage",Colon told a local channel 8 news station

No one present at the gym witnessed the combustion of the earpods hence it's not clear if the device actually did explode. When contacted, the Apple spokesperson said that the company is in the middle of investigations and is in touch with Colon.

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