An iPhone 3GS belonging to a technician setting up a display at the British Fireworks Championships in Plymouth was accidentally blasted 3,000 feet into the air before being blown apart.
The phone was left in the blast zone by a pyrotechnician at the city event who returned to try to find it after the display – without any luck.
The incident was one of a number of unusual claims for lost or damaged mobile phones last year, according to company mobileinsurance.co.uk.
Other claims include a mobile phone lost by a Devon farmer who was using it as a torch while calving a cow – he claimed the phone was accidentally inserted into the animal. It was later recovered, but was no longer usable.
Other claims across the UK include a phone accidentally baked inside a Victoria sponge, one dropped into the sea by a couple on a cruise recreating a scene from Titanic and one almost flushed down the toilet.
Other claims include a phone grabbed by a seagull in Wales, one snatched by a monkey in Longleat and one thrown at a cheating boyfriend in Liverpool.
The credibility of some of these claims was doubted by the team at MobileInsurance.co.uk, and all claims were investigated fully.
Site data also revealed there had been 64 claims from customers saying they'd walked into an object whilst preoccupied texting.
John Lamerton, Managing Director at MobileInsurance.co.uk, said: "We tend to see a lot of weird and wonderful claims coming in from customers, but these had to be the most bizarre. I'm not sure how some of them even came about, particularly in the case of the farmer and the cow.
"Mobile phones are only going up in price now, so it pays to have them insured for as many scenarios as possible."