Jan 092018

Eight people were injured and an Apple store evacuated in Zurich on Tuesday due to an smoking and burning iPhone battery, police said.

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Smoking iPhone battery (pic: 9to5mac.com)

A frantic customer entered the store on the main shopping street, near the train station, “because of an overheated battery which was releasing smoke“, the police said in a statement.

The employee who tried to remove the battery was “slightly injured” with burned hands, and seven other people received medical care on the spot without needing hospitalization.

The damage was limited thanks to “staff reaction” as quartz sand was poured onto the battery to contain the smoke, police added.

About 50 customers and employees inside the shop were evacuated as a precautionary measure, CNN reports.

Specialists at the Zurich Crime Institute are now studying the battery to determine the causes of the failure.