Woman's Headphones Exploded Mid-Flight

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A flight from Bejing to Melbourne took a tense turn when a woman's headphones exploded mid-flight. 

Two hours into the flight, the unnamed woman's battery powered headphones malfunctioned. 

“As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face. I just grabbed my face, which caused the headphones to go around my neck,” she said in a statement from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), according to BuzzFeed. “I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire.”

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The batteries in the listening device appear to have caught fire. 

“As I went to stamp my foot on them the flight attendants were already there with a bucket of water to pour on them," the woman, who sustained minor burns recalled. "They put them into the bucket at the rear of the plane.”

The explosion caused the smell of burnt plastic and burnt hair to fill the plane, making for an unpleasant flight home. 

After the incident, the ATSB has reminded passengers to store battery operated devices properly and to be sure to inform the flight crew if one ever gets lost on board. 

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