Slim Jim Factory Explodes, Kills Three, Requires HazMat Team

Slim Jim Factory Explodes, Kills Three, Requires HazMat Team

A ConAgra plant near Raleigh, N.C., that makes and packages Slim Jim beef jerky was rocked by a huge explosion on Tuesday, killing three employees and sending dozens of workers and three firefighters to hospital with severe burns or “exposure to toxic fumes.”

Man Causes Thousands In Fire Damage After Walmart Refuses Return

Man Causes Thousands In Fire Damage After Walmart Refuses Return

After Walmart wouldn’t let him make a return, Phillip R. Wright, 41, of Monroe, Louisiana, pictured, left, looking disgruntled and pretty “arsony,” set a men’s clothing rack inside the store on fire.

Seattle TV Station Offers Delicious Accidental Chicken Barbecue Recipes

Seattle TV Station Offers Delicious Accidental Chicken Barbecue Recipes

Seattle TV station KIRO, like a lot of media organizations, has sponsored links on their front page. This is all well and good, since you have to pay for the camera(wo)men and the antennae and the pixels somehow. The problem is that sometimes sad news stories and contextual advertising lead to… hilarity.

HP Calls About Pants Burnin' Laptop

HP Calls About Pants Burnin' Laptop

HP called Consumerist about our inquiry about Jillian’s sparking and flaming HP dv2845se laptop adapter that she says burned a hole in her pants and caused a welt on her leg. Jillian had also alleged that HP customer service, regular and escalated, was both unresponsive and rude. HP told us….

HP Adapter Catches Fire, Burns Pants, Execs Ignore

HP Adapter Catches Fire, Burns Pants, Execs Ignore

UPDATE: HP Calls About Pants Burnin’ Laptop

It Takes 35 Taco Bell Hot Sauce Packets To Refill Your Hot Sauce Bottle

It Takes 35 Taco Bell Hot Sauce Packets To Refill Your Hot Sauce Bottle

Are you the type of person who saves hot sauce packets? Well, we have good news. Reader Dennis has discovered that it takes 35 Taco Bell hot sauce packets to refill your store bought hot sauce bottle.

United Sets Woman's Luggage On Fire

United Sets Woman's Luggage On Fire

United may be trying out a new revenue idea: the don’t-set-my-bags-ablaze fee. Shannon Tadel’s luggage was incinerated as she boarded a plane in Syracuse, NY on December 1st, 2008. The cool thing about this sort of story is she got to see the inside of a cockpit! The not so cool part is what happened next:

Comcast Bills Man For Self-Immolating Cable Box Of Doom

Comcast Bills Man For Self-Immolating Cable Box Of Doom

If your Comcast cable box starts a fire in your home — should you be responsible for paying to replace it?

http://consumerist.com/2008/12/09/in-which-consumer-reports-employees/

In which Consumer Reports employees harm themselves or their real estate with consumer products, part 2. In this episode, a CR staffer’s son uses the stove’s self-cleaning feature without removing a plastic cutting board from inside the oven. Yes, the fire department was involved. They had to pull the range out of the kitchen and leave it to cool in the driveway. Awkward. [Consumer Reports]

Batteries From Dell, Toshiba, and HP Laptops Recalled

Batteries From Dell, Toshiba, and HP Laptops Recalled

35,000 laptop batteries from laptops sold from 2004-2006 have been recalled for fire and burn hazards. There have been 17 fires and 2 burns associated with these batteries, so if you’ve got one, make sure you take care of this issue.

Comcast: Fire Destroyed Your Cable Box? Pay Up.

Comcast: Fire Destroyed Your Cable Box? Pay Up.

Here’s one more thing to worry about when a fire destroys your home — Comcast.

iPod Nano Explodes While Charging

iPod Nano Explodes While Charging

Reader D’s first-gen iPod Nano was chugging power from his PC’s USB port when suddenly he saw it “explode open and start shooting sparks and spewing smoke.” Pictures inside, along with Apple’s response.

After Your House Burns Down, Verizon Wants You To Use Your Melted Phone To Forward Your Calls

After Your House Burns Down, Verizon Wants You To Use Your Melted Phone To Forward Your Calls

Whoever or whatever they’ve got working the phones at Verizon doesn’t seem to understand the concept of “fire.” As in, “my house burned down and everything inside it is melted and charred.” It’s not a difficult concept, but James’s father in-law was unable to explain it to Verizon.

Please Don't Hoard Gas Because It Will Catch Fire And Burn Down Your Apartment

Please Don't Hoard Gas Because It Will Catch Fire And Burn Down Your Apartment

Listen, we know gas costs more than $4 a gallon, and may go even higher, but that doesn’t mean you should start stockpiling gas. Two Dartmouth natives learned this the hard way when the 45-gallons of gas they were hoarding in nine plastic jugs ignited, nearly burning down their eight-unit apartment complex.

http://consumerist.com/2008/06/06/trying-to-beat-the-high/

Trying to beat the high cost of gasoline, a couple in Dartmouth, MA. inadvertently started a fire in their apartment complex when 45 gallons of their hoarded gasoline ignited. They were storing the gas in plastic jugs inside a closet which also contained an air-conditioner unit. [AP]

http://consumerist.com/2008/03/14/heavens-another-macbook-has-exploded/

Heavens, another Macbook has exploded. Apple is sending him a new one. [Appeltell]

This Sunbeam Heating Pad Is Maybe A Little Too Hot

This Sunbeam Heating Pad Is Maybe A Little Too Hot

This is a Sunbeam heating pad that a LiveJournal user bought for his girlfriend. After a little while she said that the heating pad was too hot, even on low, turned it off, let it cool, and set it aside.

BMW Catches Fire, Everyone Tries Not To Pay For It

BMW Catches Fire, Everyone Tries Not To Pay For It

Poor guy. Buys a 2000 540 Bimmer and while he’s driving home, it catches on fire. Some sort of thermostat failure. At first, he was screwed. Commerce, his insurance company, wouldn’t pay for it because they say they don’t cover mechanical failure, and there was no flame. “No flame, no claim,” was their clever explanation. BMW said there were no recalls or faulty parts for that model and so they weren’t going to do anything either. Then the BMW owner posted his complaints on an online message board, got a lawyer, and filed a complaint with the State Insurance Commission. All of a sudden, magically BMW now sends out an engineer to the guy’s house and found that yes, the car had failed. BMW offered him enough of a settlement that he no longer feels queasy about buying BMMs in the future. Ah, the power of putting your dukes up.