Fidget Spinners Are Catching on Fire Now

Fidget Spinner
At least two Bluetooth-enabled fidget spinners have caught on fire while charging. Reuters

Fidget spinners have saturated middle schools and office cubicles at an astonishing rate since catching hold of Americans' addled attention spans earlier this year. In a development that now seems like it was inevitable, the three-pronged toys are starting to catch on fire.

Gizmodo on Thursday pointed to two recent instances of Bluetooth-enabled fidget spinners going up in flames while they were charging. In Alabama, a fidget spinner owned by the son of Gardendale woman Kimberly Allums caught fire after being plugged in for less than 45 minutes. In Fenton, Michigan, Michelle Carr said her spinner started smoking after charging for less than half an hour.

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"He noticed that it burst into flames and he just started screaming," said Allums of her son and his spinner. "I was downstairs and all I heard was 'fire…fire and the fidget spinner had literally, It was smoking, It was in flames."

Allums's son was able to douse the smoking fidget spinner in water from the sink, but it scorched the family's carpet. "We were about five to 10 minutes from leaving the house for the day before this happened," she said. "So it was nothing but God that held us back because I was actually running late that morning. I just really want people to be aware of this because a lot of people have been inboxing me, reaching out to me leaving messages saying my child has this same fidget spinner. Anytime you have anything that needs to be charged, we really need to be paying attention to the manufactures of these, doing our research."

In Michigan, Carr said she used the same cord for her fidget spinner that she uses to charge her baby monitor. "Right here in this bookcase, I could see the reflection," she said. "The fidget spinner was on fire on my counter."

"I personally won't buy another one because of the fear of it," she continued. "But I know there are tons of kids who want to go get them, but if you plug them in, just stay by and make sure it's charged and it doesn't catch."

The fidget spinners in question were Bluetooth-enabled so that they could light up and play music as they spun. Because the toy's rise in popularity was so fast and unexpected, manufacturers have been rushing to cash in on the craze, and quality hasn't always been a chief concern. Both Allums and Carr are trying to track down the manufacturers of their defective toys. Allums said the box her son's spinner came in read only, "Made in China."

Prior to catching on fire, fidget spinners were simply a choking hazard, a toy-related peril that seems almost quaint in 2017.