A bang and a cloud of smoke cleared out the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras this week, when a lot of people understandably panicked that some kind of terrorist incident was afoot.
However, while the word at the time was that a smartphone exploded -- and a Samsung, according to some accounts -- Gizmodo UK has been doing a bit of digging, and it turns out that's not the case.
Still no official explanation from #Eurostar staff about what exactly happened 20 mins ago at #London departures lounge. Does seem however that the cause of the #explosion was an exploding phone battery. We have now set off for Paris. pic.twitter.com/1EXvtdd0QN
— Haxie Meyers-Belkin (@haxieMB) February 11, 2019
While you can see from the photo that it looks a lot like a phone, we've now had confirmation that it was in fact a smartphone power pack, and furthermore, it's not one made by Samsung.
That should come as no surprise to anyone who's been paying attention to developments since the 'splodey Samsung Galaxy Note 7 -- which incredibly some pillocks are still using despite the recall. The Korean company has been doubling down on its security measures to make absolutely sure it never happens again. The brand has survived one exploding phone, but two could ruin its name forever.
We've been told the power bank had a brand on the side, but we're not going to release the name until we've been able to confirm it (because it could ruin someone's business unnecessarily). Trust us when we say it's not one you've heard of or own any products by -- our research suggests it was probably a freebie given out by an overseas brand. We don't think the name on the side is actually the company that manufactured the power pack because they're not a tech company, so it was probably a cheap white-label gadget that had the misfortune to be chosen as a promotional product.
We're still investigating what exactly went ka-boom at St Pancras, and will update you when we have more detail. In the meantime, rest easy -- it seems we don't have another Note 7 situation in our pockets.
Main image: Haxie Meyers-Belkin via Twitter