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iPhone 5 Release Date: Foxconn Factory Explosion May Cause Launch Delays (Video)

Foxconn, one of Apple’s main manufacturers for its iPhone 5 had a factory set ablaze today, according to Reuters.

The Foxconn plant is located in Shandong, eastern China, and the flames engulfing the building have been extinguished, according to latest reports.

The fire started in electrical cables on the building’s roof and any damage will be covered by insurance, according to a spokesman close to the situation.

This plant in particular, mainly manufactures phones, game consoles, LCD TV’s and notebooks.

No deaths were reported and production has not been affected, according to a Foxconn spokesman.

DigiTimes reported that the company “believes the fire was started from abandoned pipe lines that were placed on top of the plant building.”

Foxconn also made a statement regarding the incident.

“Since the fire only hit the top floor of the plant building and did no damage to production lines, the company’s operations will remain unchanged, while the damage to the building will be covered by insurance.”

Tech Site, M.I.C. Gadgets released videos of the building burning.

Thick black smoke rising from the building proves that this incident could have been deadly.

The company also had an explosion at one of its factories back in May which killed three and injured many more.

Foxconn blamed that on flammable particles in the air.

Skeptics are wondering if this fire was caused by the same thing.

Chinese media reports are attributing the fire to an improper operation of workmanship on color spraying.

Foxconn is one of the main manufacturers of the iPhone.

This fire will most likely not affect the devices release which is expected to be in a few weeks.

The iPhone 5 is expected to be unveiled by Apple on October 4.


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