Smoke coming from electric outlet

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Old 10-12-05, 10:30 PM
gpeanut
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Exclamation Smoke coming from electric outlet

I was using electric clippers this evening, which i have used many times in the same outlet. After pulling it out, my elbow gently knocked the small wall light that is plugged in on the upper outlet (of the 2), and smoke started coming out of the outlet, accompanied by a burning smell. The wall light was not turned on and hasn't been in a long time.
What happened? This is a GFI outlet in the bathroom. The light switch on the same box works fine, but we're afraid to test/touch the outlet itself.
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Old 10-13-05, 04:21 AM
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It sounds like there is a loose connection in the box and the heat caused by that loose connection burned the insulation.

Do not ignore this. Fix it now.

Turn off the power to the circuit. Open the box and inspect the connections. You may have to cut off the end of one or more wires to remove any damaged portion. Redo all connections in the box.
 
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