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Fidget spinners are blowing up—literally



David Britton

Internet Culture

Published Jun 30, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 1:14 am CDT

Fidget spinners are definitely the hot new toy, but it turns out some of them are a little too hot.

Two women, one in Michigan and one in Alabama, have reported that their fidget spinners have caught on fire while they were being charged. Which raises a rather obvious question: Why were they charging a fidget spinner?

Well, because in addition to fidget spinners being adorned with cartoon characters and electronic lights, there are now fidget spinners with built-in Bluetooth speakers. Why this is a thing, nobody knows, but people are buying them so… oh wait, I guess that’s what makes it a thing.

Here’s one playing some Ed Sheeran, who probably wrote this song hoping people would listen to it on small, shitty, revolving plastic speakers.

But in order for these speakers to work they have to be charged, and when you mix crappy plastic toys and AC power, that’s just a fire waiting to happen, as we’ve seen in the past with hoverboards.

“Right here, in this book case, I could see the reflection,” Michelle Carr of Fenton, Michigan told Fox 66 News. “The fidget spinner was on fire on my counter.” She said it was on the charger less than 30 minutes. Carr was charing the toy with the cord she normally uses for her baby monitor, but noted that the spinner didn’t come with any charging instructions.

The same thing happened to Kimberly Allums of Gardendale, Alabama, who said her fidget spinner caught on fire after being on the charger for around 45 minutes. “[My son] noticed that it burst into flames and he just started screaming,” she told WBRC-TV. “I was downstairs and all I heard was ‘fire, fire,’ and the fidget spinner had literally—it was smoking, it was in flames.”

We know it’s a bummer, but for now, it’s probably best to listen to your music on normal old-fashioned speakers and use a regular safe fidget spinner—you know, like this giant metal one that’s propelled by flaming rockets.

rocket fidget spinner
Screengrab via TheBackyardScientist/YouTube

H/T Popular Mechanics 

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*First Published: Jun 30, 2017, 4:31 pm CDT