Bluetooth-enabled Fidget Spinners are Blowing Up

A fidget spinner is a toy device which in 2017 has become increasingly popular among teens and adults. It consists of a bearing in the center of a multi-lobed flat structure made from metal or plastic designed to spin along its axis with little effort.

It is being reported that that Bluetooth-enabled fidget spinners are exploding. Until now, two cases have been reported in which fidget spinners have exploded while charging.

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The first report came from Gardendale City in Alabama. Accordingly to Kimberly Allums who spoke to WBRC, her son was charging the internal batteries of his Bluetooth fidget spinner to use its built-in speakers when it exploded and scorched a small section of carpet.

Screenshot: WBRC

The fidget spinner was charging for less than 45 minutes when it exploded.

“He noticed that it burst into flames and he just started screaming. I was downstairs and all I heard was ‘fire..fire and the fidget spinner had literally, It was smoking, It was in flames,” Allums said.

Some fidget spinners are now being manufactured with built-in speakers so a user can listen to music. In Allums case, the decision to purchase such as item almost proved disastrous.

“We were about five to ten minutes from leaving the house for the day before this happened. So it was nothing but God that held us back because I was actually running late that morning,” Allums toldWBRC. “I just really want people to be aware of this because a lot of people have been inboxing me reaching out to me leaving messages saying my child has this same fidget spinner. Anytime, you have anything that needs to be charged, we really need to be paying attention to the manufactures of these, doing our research.”

Allums tried to find the manufacturer’s details to contact them and inform about the incident but all was in vain since the only thing she found on the box was “Made in China.”

The second incident took place in Fenton, Michigan in which yet another Bluetooth enabled fidget spinner exploded while it was charging. However this time it involved Michelle Carr, a mother and a big fan of fidget spinners.

Screenshot: WEYI

“I always pick up a new one for the kids, for myself. “I like to spin them. They are fun.” “They’re just simple, little things you spin and I love to play with them,” said Carr.

However, Carr told WEYI that her fidget spinner exploded while it was charging for more than 30 minutes and as expected she is not a fan of this toy anymore.

Screenshot: WEYI

“I personally won’t buy another one because of the fear of it,” she said. “But I know there are tons of kids who want to go get them, but if you plug them in, just stay by and make sure it’s charged and it doesn’t catch.”

Carr is trying to reach the manufacturer who developed the fidget spinner which exploded.

In both cases, things could have gone wrong if the fire to have spread and caught something flammable. Therefore it is advised not to buy Bluetooth enable fidget spinner. You can listen to songs on devices which are meant to play music. 

Previously, a number of cases were reported about exploding Hoverboards, blowing up Samsung Washing Machines and blowing up of Samsung Galaxy 7 devices burning a house and a jeep.

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Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.