- The Washington Times - Monday, June 30, 2014

Fire officials in eastern Pennsylvania are investigating what caused a laptop computer to explode Sunday and severely injure the woman who as using it.

Langhorne-Middletown Fire Chief Frank Farry told a local CBS affiliate that the battery pack inside the computer went off like a bomb, sending debris flying across the woman’s living room.

Police would not disclose the manufacturer of the laptop, the station reported.

“The battery pack was on the floor. It was in pieces,” he said. “And then there were various plastic parts that landed in different areas within her living room.”

The woman’s shirt caught fire and she suffered burns to her face, arms, foot and chest. She continues to recover from her injuries, CBS reported.

Experts said fires involving lithium-ion batteries in laptops are rare, but can happen when a laptop is being used with a fully charged battery while it’s plugged in, the station said.