Student hurt after smart phone catches fire on school bus in Ind - KCTV5

Student hurt after smart phone catches fire on school bus in Independence

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Officials say a student onboard the bus dropped the cell phone onto the floor. When it hit the floor it began to smoke. (City of Independence) Officials say a student onboard the bus dropped the cell phone onto the floor. When it hit the floor it began to smoke. (City of Independence)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

Officials in Independence say a student was as injured Wednesday morning after a smart phone burst into flames on a school bus.

The incident happened before 7:50 a.m. while the bus was near E Pacific Avenue and Hunter Street. 

Officials say a student onboard the bus dropped the cell phone onto the floor. When it hit the floor it began to smoke.

The school bus driver quickly pulled over and helped students evacuate as smoke filled the bus.

During the evacuation, another student stomped on the phone to try and put it out. The phone broke in two and caused the fire to get worse. The student then tried to pick up the phone, to throw it out a window, and suffered minor burns on their hands.

Officials say the bus was on its way to Benton Elementary School.

The evacuated students were later picked up and taken to school.

Technology expert Burton Kelso explained how the incident could be possible.

“Number one, if you got an older smart phone, the battery inside the phone could be old, and after about a couple years batteries start to get weak and after too many charges it could cause the battery to become defective and just blow up,” Kelso said.

Kelso says a phone's battery lasts about two or three years and then it should be replaced. He also says to make sure people use a charger from the manufacturer and not trust chargers from Amazon or a gas station.

When a phone does overheat, Kelso says the best thing to do is to turn it off and let it cool down.

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