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Galaxy Note 7 keeps exploding: First fire incident in the US harms owner

Published Sep 7th, 2016 5:10PM EDT
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In case you didn’t know it by now, your Galaxy Note 7 could be a ticking time bomb. Samsung recalled all 2.5 million units it produced to date, and you’d be wise to swap yours in as soon as possible. On top of everything else, we now have the first recorded case of a Galaxy Note 7 catching fire and burning the owner — and it all happened while the person was using the phone.

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Reddit user brodesto posted an image of the Galaxy Note 7 unit that exploded, saying that he knows the person who used the handset.

“[He] was over the table while using it,” brodesto explained. “He burned his hand then dropped in on table as it finished burning. I don’t think he was using it while charging though… I’m not sure O gotta ask. The burns are not too intense, but he did get harmed. That table [in the picture below] is not the table he used.”

galaxy-note-7-recall-us-explosion-redditImage source: Imgur

The report follows a similar story from Australia, where an exploding Galaxy Note 7 caused significant damage in a hotel.

Samsung said in its announcement that it decided to recall all Galaxy Note 7 after receiving reviewing 35 incidents. The takeaway from the story is pretty simple: return your Galaxy Note 7 right now and have it replaced rather than risk a similar accident. And no, you’d better not try to see if your device has the right type of battery inside.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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