LINDENHURST, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man claims he cannot work after he suffered burns from his iPhone when it burst into flames.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, 29-year-old Erik Johnson was still in pain as he sat in his Lindenhurst home.

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Johnson said he was in New Jersey for his cousin’s wake when all of a sudden, he felt a severe burning on his leg — his iPhone 5C had exploded in his front pocket.

“All I heard was a pop, and it started fizzling, and it just started to burn my leg,” he told Hall. “It went to a pretty much instant burn, it didn’t even warm up; it just went to burn. And the only way I could get the phone away from me was to rip off my pants to get the phone out.”

Johnson suffered third-degree burns on his leg and spent 10 days in the hospital.

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“You don’t expect something like this to happen, never,” he said. “It’s still hard to grasp the concept of this happening.”

Johnson’s attorney said they’re looking into a lawsuit against Apple.

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Apple did not return WCBS 880’s request for comment.