During an iPad demo at a Vodafone store in Canberra, Australia, the iPad that was demoed exploded and burst into flames, causing immediate store evacuation. The fire brigade was called, but fortunately there were no injuries.
iPad was destroyed and was subsequently taken away by an Apple representative for a detailed investigation of the causes of the explosion.
According to some reports, the sparks that caused the subsequent explosion and fire were coming from the device’s charging port. While some reports say that the iPad involved was the newly released iPad Air, Apple said that it was in fact an older model.
Apple did not release the information on the causes of the explosion.
Source: CNET News