Florida Man’s Cell Phone Explodes in His Hand
MIAMI, FL. – According to an online news story posted at nbcmiami.com, a South Florida man’s cell phone exploded in his hand. The phone was a Samsung Galaxy S5, which is not subject to an active recall by the phone manufacturer.*
Florida resident Jonathan Wright says he was walking beside a canal in South Florida on a recent day and was carrying his cell phone in his hand. The phone, a Samsung S5, became extremely warm to the touch, he says, and suddenly exploded and caught on fire.
“It started to get very, very hot,” Wright said. “I switched hands so I didn’t drop it in the canal, and it burst into flames. I dropped it on the ground, and there was nothing I could do but just watch it burn.”
Wright sustained burn injuries to his arm and went to a local hospital for emergency treatment. Despite his injuries, Wright says he is grateful the situation was not worse. He wants to spread the word to other customers that their phones might injure them and push for the manufacturer to make a change.
“I think [Samsung] needs to address what’s going on with this because it could be deadly,” Wright said. “You think it’s just a normal device, but this thing could hurt somebody.”
Wright’s Samsung S5 is not part of any open recalls, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The Note 7 drew widespread attention for its lithium-ion batteries’ propensity to explode, prompting the manufacturer to issue a recall. In a statement, Samsung said it was investigating what happened to Wright and said it “takes customer safety very seriously.”
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