MacBook Inferno! An Apple MacBook battery catches fire.

by Dhiram Shah

Matty from Melbourne Australia surfed the net using Safari for 30 minutes yesterday night on his Macbook, after which he close the lid put it on sleep mode and left it on the bookshelf for charging. However at 3 a.m. all hell broke loose as his girlfriend heard the Macbook hissing like a steam valve, then smoke started pouring out of it and a couple of seconds later, a very large flash fire started. On hearing her loud screams and the dog barking Matty raced to the scene.
As I was running I saw a fire. At first I thought that the lamp had fallen and set fire to the curtain. As I got closer I realised it was my mac book …. burning! I picked it up and blew on it and swung it around to put the flames out. The book shelf it was sitting on was burnt and there were a couple of magazines that were on fire too. I quickly put those out and calmed down.

The battery is swollen and burnt so it’s definitely the battery that exploded and caught fire. The macbook is melted on the bottom and severely charred (along with my bookshelves, books, magazines and the wall). The space bar is melted as is the track pad. The screen has been damaged a little too.
Matty had purchased the Macbook in June last year and it is still under the 12 month warranty. He is looking for an efficient service center in Melbourne and is hoping that his hard drive data will be recovered.


  1. Apple MacBook Battery Goes Up in Flames

    It’s still unclear how this MacBook caught fire, but Matty from Australia claims that his MacBook’s battery started “hissing like a steam valve” just seconds before bursting into flames. The MacBook was charging overnight while in sleep mode before…

  2. Jim

    # MacBook Pro Battery Exchange – July 2006
    Computer model: 15-inch MacBook Pro
    Battery model number: A1175
    Battery serial number range:
    ending with U7SA, U7SB or U7SC

  3. John Koetsier

    Was your battery in the recall program?

  4. Jp Miller

    My MacBook Pro battery buldged but did not ignite or explode. It did affect the track pad; additionally was quite hot — more so than usual. I’ve read of numerous battery issues on Mac oriented sites. I’m awaiting a new battery; the Apple Store did not have on in stock and it’s been over a week.

  5. imajoebob

    This is why you don’t procrastinate on those recall notices.

  6. Denis Harre

    Incroyable, j’ai eu plus de chance!
    Sur mon Mac Book Pro 17″, la batterie à explosée…
    Complétement ouverte en deux?
    Mais rien n’à brulé, pas de dégats au niveau du mac.

  7. joppe

    That’s Macbook, not Macbook pro. At least I haven’t seen any battery exchance program for MB…

  8. nabil

    That’s all fine and dandy, but unless you check Apple.com like everyday, you would never know about the battery recall. Mac doesnt do a very good job advertising their battery issues. It is therefore, not the customers responsibility to look for things wrong with his Mac, it is Apple’s responsibility to track the people down via email (hello they email us about itunes offers and other garbage all the time!)

  9. MattyB

    The battery was not listed by the recall notices.
    I did check that when the notice was issued. I also had the airport check it once before boarding a flight and they approved it too.

  10. Yash

    looking for a service centre? shudnt b a problem, they are all around. theres thts just 1 min away from flinders street station and you do have them in chadstone and the other malls too.

  11. Brian Martinez

    Dude im with you man. My battery did’t burn…it just popped out in a small fireless explosion. I swear i will never again buy a Mac…this thing costed me $3,000 and it was great at first but after less than 7 months you start to see the negative affects. Sorry about the burnt laptop dude.

  12. Adam

    Macs are realy great just a bad apple i guess, to all those looking at getting a mac it is a very worth while investiment built to last many years… Batterys do explode from time to time, this time it just happend to be a macbook


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