I’m guessing he probably wasn’t listening to The Doors when it happened, but an Atlanta man is claiming his iPod Nano caught fire in his pocket while he was at the airport. The fire lasted a brief 15 seconds, but the flames reached up to Danny Williams’s chest before being extinguished. Even more disconcerting is what could have happened had officials seen the smoking man in the middle of the airport. Says Williams: “If TSA had come by and seen me smoking, they could have honestly thought I was a terrorist.”

Apple has refrained from commenting on the matter, although they have sent packaging to Williams so he can return the iPod Nano. Presumably the company will take a look at the damaged iPod to determine what happens.

This is the first outcry of a smoking iPod, although it could easily be related to laptop recalls from the past few years. PC World reports that iPods use lithium-ion batteries – the same kind that were involved in laptops catching fire, leading to recalls from Apple and Dell. Consumers should probably keep a close ear to the ground for further developments. They don’t want to be the next person singing, “Come on baby, light my fire” if their iPod goes up in flames.

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