DON'T YOU JUST HATE IT when you're sat playing video games and your ruddy laptop explodes?
As reported at NBC4 Los Angeles, that's exactly what happened 18-year-old Devon Johnson of Thousand Oaks, California, who was rudely interrupted when his Dell Inspiron computer, which was charging on a nearby couch, exploded and burst into flames, destroying both the sofa and the four-year-old laptop.
Johnson tells NB4 that he blew out the fire, while his plucky pal Andrew unplugged the laptop and took it outside. Three minutes later, putting Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 fiasco to shame, the laptop caught on fire again, before setting on fire for a third time shortly after.
This time, Johnson took to the laptop with a fire extinguisher, but even that was enough to stop the laptop from exploding for a fourth bloody time.
"Had he gone to the movies, our house would have been gone," Johnson's mum Tori told NBC4, adding that the whole thing lasted for around seven minutes.
In a statement, Dell said it is working with the Johnsons to conduct a full investigation. A spokesperson said: "We are coordinating with Mr Johnson to retrieve the product and will conduct a complete investigation to validate its origin and understand its full history.
"There is a wide spectrum of potential reasons for what's seen in the video (below)."
This sort of thing has happened before, albeit more than 10 years ago. An INQ reader attending a Japanese conference back in 2006 was sat just feet away from a Dell computer that suddenly exploded into flames.
Our reader reported, at the time: "The damn thing was on fire and produced several explosions for more than five minutes". µ
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