Maybe somehow you missed the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's story last week by Rick Barrett: "AT&T Replacing Batteries - Device Blamed in U-verse Equipment Cabinet Blast in Tosa."
You probably didn't see the pictures from the 'Tosa Fire Department in telecom blog LightReading, but you should. Here are a couple:
Even Wigderson got in the act: "Cable Competition Could be Deadly."
But the best line came from Jeffrey Hevey, the Wauwatosa fire marshal:
"It's not like these things are blowing up left and right every day," he said. "Would I want to set up my granddaughter's play set next to one of these cabinets? Probably not. But if I were mowing the lawn, I wouldn't be looking over my shoulder, worried that the thing is going to blow up."
But Christmas Eve, when you're not mowing the lawn? Not to worry. AT&T told us last year, when these were exploding in Texas, that its testing showed the problem was a manufacturing defect and an isolated event, and the batteries were safe and stable.
Or maybe not.