Boy Burned By Sony PSP

Treated for second-degree burns

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A 12-year old Michigan boy was burned Wednesday morning when his Sony PSP caught on fire while in his pants pocket.

The incident took place at Warner Middle School in Farmington Hills. Harold Clay was in band class when he felt the device get hot. "He said it wasn’t a gradual heat. It really started heating up. He’s always been taught, burn-fire-smoke, you drop and you roll. So, he was in band class and he dropped and rolled," Shelia Clay, the boys mother told ClickOn Detroit.

Boy Burned By Sony PSP

The device burned through his jean pocket and melted to his skin. He was treated at the hospital for second-degree burns to the leg and was able to return to school that afternoon. "It was unbelievable, because it wasn’t on. It was just in his pocket," said the victim’s father, Harold Clay. The name of the game inside the player was called Burn Out.

Ed Kang, spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were no recalls of the Sony PSP. On Sony’s Web site it recommends owners of the PSP to use only PSP battery packs and charging devices "that meet out quality standards to avoid hazards such as firing or explosion. Using batteries with such protective devices may cause a failure or an accident."

Boy Burned By Sony PSP
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  • http://www.peanutbuttajesus.com EggNogAdam

    PSP. Sheeeesh.

    Burn Out?  Really? C’mon. That’s outrageous!


    I once had a pack of lighters, some speaker wire and 3 half-dead C batteries in the kangaroo pocket of my hoodie. I carried them for DAYS and they never caught fire. To think this kid had a GAME SYSTEM that MELTED to his SKIN… He deserved it. Something he did… Somewhere, somehow… he earned that badge. If I were him I’d Peroxide that thing twice a day so I could have a NICE HUGE scar. Something to show my kids!


    Kids… How close was this burn to his Mommy-Daddy Button??

    • Guest

      Lithium -Ion batteries can and will burn if a short developes.  It does not happen often, but when it does it’s fast and serious.

  • No one

    i found this pretty funny.

    it must have sucked when it heated up, but what i found funny

    1: stop drop and roll is what the kid did… granted, he grew up to do that when he was on fire.. ON FIRE!!!… not feeling something burning up in his POCKET!!!

    2:the fact that the game "Burn Out" was in the PSP.. thats just ironic…

    3:here, i quote this "On Sony’s Web site it recommends owners of the PSP to use only PSP battery packs and charging devices (that meet quality stndardsto avoid hazards such as firing or explosion)" EXPLOSION?!?!?

    if there is a chance of explosion… and they know of it.. that should demand for a recall on ALL PSP’s.. then it goes on to say "Using batteries with such protective devices may cause a failure or an accident" sooo… no matter what you do.. you are screwed.

  • Guest

    This is such a mad up story… do you really expect anyone to believe it?

    What a retard


    • Guest

      Although unusual, lithium-ion batteries as used in cameras and laptops can develop an internal short and heat up enough to burn.  the lithium metal foil in the battery will then continue to burn at a high temperature.

      Airlines have announced limits on the number of Li batteries each passinger is allowedto carry on board because of laptop fires.

      • Guest

        Quote from the Jan. 1, 2008 DOT Hazmat Safty Rule

        " Lithium batteries are considered hazardous materials because they can overheat and ignite in certain conditions.  Safety testing conducted by the FAA found that current aircraft cargo fire suppression system would not be capable of suppressing a fire if a shipment of non-rechargeable lithium batteries were ignited in flight.  "

        " Common consumer electronics such as travel cameras, cell phones, and most laptop computers are still allowed in carry-on and checked luggage.  However, the rule limits individuals to bringing only two extended-life spare rechargeable lithium batteries, such as laptop and professional audio/video/camera equipment lithium batteries in carry-on baggage."

  • http://superheroesbase.com/ BaseGuardian

    How about cellphone, almost every phone used lithium-ion batteries, and most of the time they’re in our pockets :lol:

    • Guest

      OMG!!!  You carry a cell phone in your pocket!

      Immediately remove the phone and imerse it in at least a gallon of water.  Then leave your home and call your  fire department.   EVERYONE knows cellphones are an expolsion hazard.  Tin cans and string are the only safe personal communication medium (just don’t cut your finger on the can lid).

      • Guest

        stupid Amish… get with the times and ditch the can and string.

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