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The explosive problem with recycling iPads, iPhones and other gadgets: They catch fire.

Isauro Flores-Hernandez takes apart used smartphones and tablets for a living at Cascade Asset Management, an electronics scrap processor in Madison, Wis. Foto: Washington post photo by Geoffrey A. Fowler.

MADISON, Wis. - What happens to gadgets when you're done with them? Too often, they explode.

As we enter new-gadget buying season, spare a moment to meet the people who end up handling your old stuff. Isauro Flores-Hernandez, who takes apart used smartphones and tablets for a living, keeps thick gloves, metal tongs and a red fireproof bin by his desk here at Cascade Asset Management, an electronics scrap processor. He uses them to whisk away devices with batteries that burst into flames when he opens them for recycling...

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