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22 September 2016

Man's Shock as Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Explodes 'Like a Firework' Next to His Bed While He Slept

Darren Healy's damaged Samsung
Galaxy Note 7 phone
Man's shock as Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone explodes 'like a firework' next to his bed while he slept
manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 22 September 2016

The smartphone began hissing then exploded, before the room filled with smoke

A man had the shock of his life when he jolted awake to the terrifying sound of his phone EXPLODING next to his bed.

Darren Healy, from Longsight, was sleeping soundly next to partner Kian at about 11.45pm last night, when he awoke to see his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blowing up ‘like a firework’ on his bedside table.

He said: “I went to bed and next thing I know, I was in a nightmare. I heard this hissing sound – my phone looked like a firework going off and the room was filled with smoke.

“I was so scared. We have three cats and I just wanted to get them and run out the house.”

Quick-thinking Darren grabbed the phone using a t-shirt and threw it in the sink, but the smoke lingered in the room for hours and caused damage to the bedside table.

Darren isn’t the only one to have experienced this ordeal with the new Note 7 model - earlier this week Samsung announced a global recall along with a halting of sales after ‘concerns of faulty components causing battery explosions’.

A man in Florida is planning to sue the mobile giant after the smartphone exploded in his pocket earlier this month, causing severe burns to his leg.

Darren, who works in Starbucks, has been left shocked by the latest incident, and is wanting answers. He’s unsure at the moment whether he will sue to the company, as he considers his next course of action.

He said: “I’m angry. I got the phone at the end of last month. Samsung sent me a text last week saying the phone was going to be replaced, but now this has happened.

“The outcome could have been a lot worse. Imagine if the phone was against curtains or a sofa. I’m still a bit in shock, I never thought it would happen.”

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 can cost in the region of £600 if new. Darren paid £99 for an upgrade, and pays £58 a month for his contract.

Mobile communications head DJ Koh said in a statement: “Our number one priority is the safety of our customers. We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note 7s and exchange them as soon as possible.

"We are expediting replacement devices so that they can be provided through the exchange program as conveniently as possible and in compliance with related regulations.”


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