Fire breaks out at iPhone factory in China


Fortunately no iPhones were harmed in the taking of this photo.
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A fire broke out over the weekend a Foxconn factory in China that is used to manufacture iPhones. The fire reportedly started Sunday night, although it was fortunately brought under control by the fire department before too much damage could take place.

Foxconn, which recently made a bid for an even bigger slice of the iPhone pie by trying to acquire display-maker Sharp, rushed to put out a statement about the incident in Zhengzhou, noting that nobody was hurt in the fire and that there has been “no impact” on manufacturing operations.

This isn’t the first time premises used for Apple manufacturing have run into problems. In May 2011, a dust explosion at an iPad-producing Foxconn factory in the Chinese city of Chengdu resulted in the death of three people, while an additional 15 were injured. Last week, Apple’s Irish-owned iMac factory was evacuated after a bomb scare.

Having been the subject of Pulitzer Prize-winning reports about working conditions at its factories, Foxconn recently announced that it is building a “technology tourism factory” to open its doors to people wanting to see how its factories manufacture the millions of devices they do.

Source: Reuters


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