From: zeez on
http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2009/10/01/halloween-flashlights-ignite-target-pulls-them-from-shelves-aft/

When you put a battery in a flashlight the flashlight shouldn't start
burning. One my son brought home from a birthday party did.

It came from Target -- three for $1 in a package marketing them for
Halloween. I dropped in a new Energizer battery, screwed on the top
and the flashlight got warm right away. I shut off the flashlight and
placed it on the kitchen table. A few minutes later a sizzling sound
could be heard that we couldn't identify. The burning smell quickly
led us to the flashlight, which was now smoking and melting from the
heat. I grabbed an oven mitt, grabbed the flashlight and went out on
the balcony and shoved it into a pot of dirt.
From: woodveery on

My 4 year old was given a small flashlight from a local autoparts
chain. A week later my son turned it on and off while I was driving
and informed me it was on fire in his hand. It was spewing a sizeable
cloud of smoke and caused a near accident as I tried to get it away
from him and out of the car. About 25% melted. I now stay away from
any unknown electronics.
From: Rod Speed on
woodveery wrote:

> My 4 year old was given a small flashlight from a local autoparts
> chain. A week later my son turned it on and off while I was driving
> and informed me it was on fire in his hand. It was spewing a sizeable
> cloud of smoke and caused a near accident as I tried to get it away
> from him and out of the car. About 25% melted. I now stay away from
> any unknown electronics.

So you posted that using chiselled stone eh ?


From: "Malcom "Mal" Reynolds" on
In article
<0812c6b8-b2f4-4289-a2f0-0a832c428742(a)m2
0g2000vbp.googlegroups.com>,
woodveery <woodveery(a)gmail.com> wrote:

> My 4 year old was given a small flashlight from a local autoparts
> chain. A week later my son turned it on and off while I was driving
> and informed me it was on fire in his hand. It was spewing a sizeable
> cloud of smoke and caused a near accident as I tried to get it away
> from him and out of the car. About 25% melted. I now stay away from
> any unknown electronics.

or test them first?
From: Society on
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