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Alleged Galaxy Note 7 explosion engulfs car in flames in the middle of the road

Updated 6 years ago
Published Sep 15th, 2016 6:50AM EDT
Galaxy Note 7 Recall Car Fire
Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 almost two weeks ago, yet some people didn’t get the memo. Since the recall, multiple Galaxy Note 7 explosions were recorded, as some of these devices have faulty batteries that will erupt when you least expect it. Samsung opted to recall the handset worldwide as there’s no way to tell which handsets are safe. And the company is going to replace each unit starting this month.

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You’d think that people would turn in their devices rather than walk with a potential ticking time bomb in their pockets, but that’s not the case. The following video shows the aftermath of an alleged Galaxy Note 7 explosion. It happened while the phone was charging in a car, in the middle of the road.

“A car caught fire from a charg(ing) Note Galaxy 7 on Crosstown (in) Port St. Lucie,” Sharon Cain said on Facebook, according to WPBF News. She recorded the fire on her phone. “I was told (that) the gentleman was charging his phone when he heard a loud pop (and then) the phone blew up. I am a nurse, so I stopped to make sure there was no help needed from me.”

Authorities said that the owner of the car, 55-year-old Clifford Samuels, believes the fire was caused by the Galaxy Note 7 that was charging in the car. Samuels believes his phone blew up, with the fire starting in the passenger seat of his car just before 8:00 PM on Tuesday.

The fire department is yet to confirm the cause of the incident. Interestingly, officials do not refer to the phone as a Galaxy Note 7. Instead, they say a Samsung 7 phone allegedly caught fire.

“On September 13, 2016, at 7:45 pm PSLPD went to a car fire at SW Crosstown Parkway and Sw Cobalt Street. The car was fully engulfed in flames,” the Port St. Lucie Police Department wrote on Facebook. “The driver of the car was unharmed and made statements to the police that he had been charging his Samsung 7 phone when it burst into flames. SLC Fire Department arrived on scene and put the fire out. Suggestion that the phone caused the fire has not been confirmed at this time as The Fire Marshall is continuing their investigation into the cause of the fire.”

This isn’t the first time a car catches fire after an alleged Galaxy Note 7 explosion. In other words, it’s time you returned that Galaxy Note 7 you might have on you.

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 closely follows the events in 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.