A strange story coming out of South Korea about an exploding mobile phone that killed a 33-year-old man turned out to be a lie. Surely some people do worry about killer cell phones, but they’re probably thinking more along the lines of cancer or some distraction-induced accident—texting while driving, for example, and not seeing an oncoming car.
But an exploding battery? The story seemed improbable, and now one of the victim’s co-workers has confessed that he accidentally killed the man while backing up a construction vehicle. All the details haven’t emerged yet, but it looks like the co-worker tried to use the exploding phone to dodge the blame.—Gregory Mone