Reports claim that the woman had been charging her phone for 10 minutes when a ‘fireball’ came out of the handset and struck her in the face. The battery inside her phone was a BL-D3 series and is not one of the 46 million that Nokia recalled last month.
Nokia are currently investigating the incident but believe that the battery in question could be a fake.
Nokia communications director Mark Squires told Mobile News: “Investigations are currently underway and laboratory analysis are being conducted by a separate authoritiy. At the moment we have no further information but we believe the battery could be a counterfeit product.
“Nokia batteries have five levels of protection and explosions of this kind are extremely unlikely. But we are taking this claim seriously and would like to stress that our customers’ safety is paramount.”