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Family Says Fidget Spinner Caught Fire While Charging

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Fidget spinners and hoverboards don’t have much in common on the surface, but they might be more alike than you think: Both are (or were) uber-popular toys for kids, appeared on the streets almost overnight, and can explode… if the toy contains a battery.

Sacramento CBS reports (warning: link contains video that autoplays) that the latest case of an overheated fidget spinner occurred over the weekend as the toy was charging.

As we’ve previously reported, fidget spinners have evolved from their modest designs with mechanical parts to include internal batteries that power bluetooth speakers, lights, and other features.

These batteries, like those used in hoverboards, can be charged — although it’s unclear if the batteries are lithium-ion. And that poses a problem, because if there’s a battery inside a thing, that thing can catch fire when you least expect it.

This was apparently the case in California, where a 12-year-old girl’s toy — equipped with a bluetooth speaker — began to smoke while charging.

The girl, who had picked up the toy, dropped it when she saw sparks. When the girl’s mother entered the room she tells Sacramento CBS that it was filled with smoke.

The spinner, she recalls, was so hot it burnt her hand when she tried to pick it up. The toy, which didn’t have any manufacturer information on it, was left with bubbled plastic.

“If I wasn’t home, that’s scary. That really scares me a lot,” the mother says, noting she was relieved no one was hurt.

Not The First Time

The incident is at least the third in recent months related to the popular fidget spinners. Last month, parents in Alabama and another in Michigan reported that fighter spinners caught fire while charging.

Consumerist has reached out to the Consumer Product Safety Commission about the latest incident, and whether the agency would open an investigation. We’ll update this post when we hear back.

In the meantime, the CPSC has previously advised fidget spinner owners to never leave a product unattended while charging.

The CPSC also urged anyone who has had a safety issue with a fidget spinner — or frankly, any other device, really — to report the problem at SaferProducts.gov.





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Covarr
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This story barely has anything to do with fidget spinners, and has everything to do with cheaply-made electronic gadgets. This is a risk with ALL poorly-made products with rechargeable batteries.
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City Nicknames

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This place has so many demonyms. Northlanders. Fair Folk. Honey Barons. Lake Dwellers. Treasurers. Swamp Watchers. Dream Farmers. Wellfolk. Rockeaters. Forgotten Royals. Remote Clients. Barrow-Clerks. The People of Land and Sky.
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Covarr
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The big pineapple under the sea
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Lythimus
3 days ago
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I'm going to name my city Wikipedia so that Wikipedia.org will have to bring users directly to a disambiguation page.
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3 days ago
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This place has so many demonyms. Northlanders. Fair Folk. Honey Barons. Lake Dwellers. Treasurers. Swamp Watchers. Dream Farmers. Wellfolk. Rockeaters. Forgotten Royals. Remote Clients. Barrow-Clerks. The People of Land and Sky.

Screenshots

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For the final exam, you take a screenshot showing off all the work you've done in the class, and it has to survive being uploaded, thumbnailed, and re-screenshotted through a chain of social media sites.
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Covarr
6 days ago
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My boss says screenshots are proof
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infogulch
6 days ago
I am so, so sorry.
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alt_text_bot
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For the final exam, you take a screenshot showing off all the work you've done in the class, and it has to survive being uploaded, thumbnailed, and re-screenshotted through a chain of social media sites.
Cthulhux
6 days ago
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Should be mandatory for pseudo-political Twitter users.
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rickhensley
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This is the story of my job...
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Particle Properties

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Each particle also has a password which allows its properties to be changed, but the cosmic censorship hypothesis suggests we can never observe the password itself—only its secure hash.
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Covarr
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All you can upgrade is stranth?
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satadru
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With 11 dimensions, surely there is space for labeling at least 2 of the dimensions kosher-traif and halal-haram.
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jsled
8 days ago
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«Each particle also has a password which allows its properties to be changed, but the cosmic censorship hypothesis suggests we can never observe the password itself—only its secure hash.» hehehe
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alt_text_bot
8 days ago
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Each particle also has a password which allows its properties to be changed, but the cosmic censorship hypothesis suggests we can never observe the password itself—only its secure hash.

Communicating

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You're saying that the responsibility for avoiding miscommunication lies entirely with the listener, not the speaker, which explains why you haven't been able to convince anyone to help you down from that wall.
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Covarr
13 days ago
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Is this a stab at Richard Stallman's decades of efforts at redefining "free" to only mean libre and ignoring an established history both in computing and in general non-computing usage of it also meaning gratis?

I hope it is. I do not care for Richard Stallman.
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aylons
12 days ago
Well, he does not try to redefine "free", he just is very explicit that he uses the word in one of specific meaning, that is already well defined and not his definition. Even you used the word "also", so you do understand the word has another meaning. You seem to care a little to much.
alexjurkiewicz
12 days ago
@Covarr, I think your prior biases are helping you read a little too much into this comic
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CaffieneKitty
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Authorial intent means nothing.
ChrisDL
13 days ago
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this. a million times this.
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alt_text_bot
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You're saying that the responsibility for avoiding miscommunication lies entirely with the listener, not the speaker, which explains why you haven't been able to convince anyone to help you down from that wall.

4th of July

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Strangely, they still celebrate by eating hot dogs. Since they don't have mouths, they just kinda toss them in the air and let them fall back down into their propeller blades. It's pretty messy.
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Covarr
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Three words: fidget spinner sparklers
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Strangely, they still celebrate by eating hot dogs. Since they don't have mouths, they just kinda toss them in the air and let them fall back down into their propeller blades. It's pretty messy.
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