Asking the real questions

I seem to see stories differently from, say, most journalists. This story, about an “exploding” iPad (battery) in an Apple Store, is barely interesting, especially after it turns out there wasn’t any panic and the store reopened the next day.

But I did find something interesting in the story: The burning and/or leaking iPad was quickly contained by putting the iPad in a bin of sand.

Now, I do have some sand around the house and I could run out and get some in a bin fairly quickly, but this is during August in Amsterdam, so the question I have is, why did they have a bin of sand at hand?

Was this just a happy coincidence or do Apple Stores regularly have bins with sand, in case of exploding or leaking batteries? How often does something like this happen?

For instance, the photo above is from a different iPad explosion.

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