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Galaxy S4 Allegedly Explodes, Burns Down Apartment and Torches Mercedes

Galaxy S4 Fire

According to a recent report from Hong Kong, a Galaxy S4 is the suspect in an arson fire. Not that the device will be tried or anything like that, but according to the device’s owner, the S4 was acting normally, then it just blew up in his hands. Once the device caught fire, the victim threw the device onto his couch, which then lit up the rest of his apartment and the fire even spread to his Mercedes. With the victim of the fire assuring those concerned that the device was running a Samsung battery and was only charged using an official Samsung charger, could the blame be put onto the tech giant? 

According to investigators, no foul play is currently suspected. Samsung issued a statement that they are personally looking into the matter and are sending down a chemical analyst to insure that the device and its components came from one of their factories. The quicker Samsung can blame this on some janky third party component, the better.

We will keep you posted on how it unfolds. For now, we suggest carrying around a bucket of water when using your Galaxy S4. For those with a waterproof S4 Active, you’re basically screwed. /s

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Via: The Register | Xianguo

  • Capt. Crunch

    The media is going to have a blast with this one, especially because they only seem to use Apple products.

  • loony2nz

    That was the North Korean S4 version?

  • starnovsky

    I bet the guy was upside down in payments for his apartment and Mercedes. Insurance fraud.

  • Ben

    If you or any member of your Samsung force are caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow all knowledge of your actions. This phone will self-destruct in five seconds.

  • joseph barrientos

    “Our phone sales so hot they’ll set your apt on fire!”

  • droidman101

    What I’ve learned about China: treat everything that comes out of China with a grain of salt.

  • Robert Boluyt

    Is this like the GS3 fire where the user had a cheapo, off brand battery in it?

  • Bionic

    Gerard Butler must have reprogrammed it.

  • Bionic

    The moto X can destroy a planet

  • Sirx

    In a related story, Samsung today introduced the newest member of the Galaxy S4 family today, alongside the S4 Active, Zoom, and Mini: The Samsung Galaxy S4 C4!

    • Nathaniel Newman

      How bout the Samsung Galaxy S4 NITRO!

      • Fox Bailey

        Or just Samsung Galaxy C4. Also comes in pink.

  • StargateNH

    Well done! Love the comment of being screwed if you have the waterproof GS4 Active. awesome!

  • Diablo81588

    Sounds like the lithium battery exploded. Internal short maybe?

  • EvanTheGamer

    Wow, this is crazy.

    Still getting an SGS4 though.

  • Ant

    That guy took the term burning through a battery to a whole new level lol

  • Ant

    That guy took the term burning through a battery to a whole new level lol

  • Ant

    That guy took the term burning through a battery to a whole new level lol

  • Ant

    That’s the Galaxy S4 Ignite [Limited Edition]

  • Verizon

    We sell the hottest phones on the market.

  • Verizon

    We sell the hottest phones on the market.

    • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

      I see what you did there

      • http://addisontodd.com/ Addison Todd

        Indeed.

  • Ant

    That’s the Galaxy S4 Ignite [Limited Edition]

  • Ant

    That’s the Galaxy S4 Ignite [Limited Edition]

  • Verizon

    We sell the hottest phones on the market.

  • storm33x

    Apple will probably find a way to sue over this too.

  • storm33x

    Apple will probably find a way to sue over this too.

  • storm33x

    Apple will probably find a way to sue over this too.

  • doubles

    Well my chromecast just caught fire and destroyed my Aston Martin, my original Picasso, and my 80 foot yacht! Google, you owe me! /s

  • doubles

    Well my chromecast just caught fire and destroyed my Aston Martin, my original Picasso, and my 80 foot yacht! Google, you owe me! /s

  • doubles

    Well my chromecast just caught fire and destroyed my Aston Martin, my original Picasso, and my 80 foot yacht! Google, you owe me! /s

    • Moi

      Koush is that you?

    • Moi

      Koush is that you?

    • Moi

      Koush is that you?

  • kixofmyg0t

    Yet another new GS4 variant. The Galaxy S4 Arson.

    • waleed300

      This will probably lead them to create the Galaxy S4 Fireproof.

      • Sqube

        Warranty won’t cover fire or smoke damage, though.

    • barbrasmith325

      my classmate’s step-mother makes $67/hour on the internet. She has been out of work for nine months but last month her paycheck was $21230 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on this site http://www.Pro67.com

    • Caveman

      Palease…it’s the Galaxy S4 Blaze

  • kixofmyg0t

    Yet another new GS4 variant. The Galaxy S4 Arson.

  • kixofmyg0t

    Yet another new GS4 variant. The Galaxy S4 Arson.

  • neo1738

    I call BS, probably trying to set himself up to sue Samsung or something like that. Or the outlet had a short. Just my $.02

    • New_Guy

      Every new Galaxy S or iPhone has someone making one of these ridiculous claims and they’re always proven to be bologna.

      • William_Morris

        That’s a disgraceful thing to say about sliced meat products…. equating them to con-artists.

    • Tyler Durden

      Too bad they can afford the best sharks. He’s wasting his time.

    • michael arazan

      Seriously makes you wonder if the guy might have been overclocking the processor to 2.5gh trying to get it to run as fast as low end pc towers.

  • neo1738

    I call BS, probably trying to set himself up to sue Samsung or something like that. Or the outlet had a short. Just my $.02

  • neo1738

    I call BS, probably trying to set himself up to sue Samsung or something like that. Or the outlet had a short. Just my $.02

  • J. Gilbertson

    Even if this is plausible… Say as an example you light a match and it catches fire. Do you toss match on couch? Heck no! Dumb people do dumb things.

    • ApplesNAndroids

      I can see this as a plausible reaction to something hot or even startling. If this had happened to you, you’d have held on to it calmly and led it to be extinguished?

    • ApplesNAndroids

      I can see this as a plausible reaction to something hot or even startling. If this had happened to you, you’d have held on to it calmly and led it to be extinguished?

    • ApplesNAndroids

      I can see this as a plausible reaction to something hot or even startling. If this had happened to you, you’d have held on to it calmly and led it to be extinguished?

      • Justin W

        Of course he would!

      • Justin W

        Of course he would!

      • Justin W

        Of course he would!

    • gIMpSTa

      I get your point, but that’s hardly a comparable example. Replace match with an m80/firecracker/minor explosive, and the fuse randomly ignites. Throwing it on whatever is directly in front of you seems far more plausible now.

      • Tyler Durden

        Yeah I lit a smokebomb that turned out to be a firecracker and through it at a propane tank by accident. Good thing I darted faster than a Mexican being chased by the INS.

  • J. Gilbertson

    Even if this is plausible… Say as an example you light a match and it catches fire. Do you toss match on couch? Heck no! Dumb people do dumb things.

  • J. Gilbertson

    Even if this is plausible… Say as an example you light a match and it catches fire. Do you toss match on couch? Heck no! Dumb people do dumb things.

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  • Shockey62

    I guess you can say the S4 was… a hot item. YEAAAHHHH

    • Nerrington141

      Lol’d hard.

    • Nerrington141

      Lol’d hard.

    • Nerrington141

      Lol’d hard.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Zing!

    • teejaycard

      Great Caruso impersonation.

  • WCM3

    “For those with a waterproof S4 Active, you’re basically screwed.” hahaha…genius, Tim..

  • Guy Pierce

    This is yet another ploy by Apple to try and tear (or burn) down their competition.

  • Sankyou

    The good’ol self-destruction feature that could never get past QA . How’s that for an easter egg?

  • David

    Oh the irony, Audi S4′s catch on fire too.

    • Savan Ghetiya

      perhaps the drive of the S4 was using his S4 which exploded in his hands .. he then threw it on the passenger seat which caught on fire and then the rest of the car caught fire

  • picture me

    Funny how they name drop the mercedes…who fn cares.
    ….and his picasso, monet, and rembrants too.

    • TheOiulkj

      Jealous much?

    • TheOiulkj

      Jealous much?

    • EvanTheGamer

      Sure, they could have just said “owner’s car”, but what’s the fun in that?

  • Kyle Wilkins

    “The only remains pulled from the apartment appear to be an apple with one bite taken out the side”

  • BigWormBigPerm

    The S4 has too many new features for me to keep up with

    • EvanTheGamer

      More is always better.

      • master94

        Not when one of them is burning a house down. I prefer stock. It doesnt catch on fire. jk. I hope this doesnt hurt sammy’s PR too much. Apple blogs are having a field day with this

        • EvanTheGamer

          It was probably user error. Plus, one out of a hundred thousand devices sold ain’t bad. lol

          It does still suck though. Man…I couldn’t even imagine something like that happening. Horrible.

        • DKDigitally

          I call this an Apple PR stunt to take everyone’s eyes off of that lady getting electrocuted to death.

  • gregwlsn

    Sounds like a jealous ex

  • Ryan Hansele
    • Jonathan Reid

      Moar Simpsons!

    • Jonathan Reid

      Moar Simpsons!

  • EC8CH

    S-FIRE!

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    • Guest

    • Guest

    • n900mixalot

      HELL yeah.

      You win. I’m out.

    • n900mixalot

      HELL yeah.

      You win. I’m out.

    • n900mixalot

      HELL yeah.

      You win. I’m out.

  • IDLE0095

    This is a idiot with no insurance looking to blame samsung.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      This guy owned a Mercedes w/ no insurance? *face palm**

      • T_Dizzle

        If you own a Mercedes you shouldn’t need phone insurance.

        • Joseph A. Yager

          Unwittingly explained his joke…

        • Joseph A. Yager

          Unwittingly explained his joke…

        • Joseph A. Yager

          Unwittingly explained his joke…

      • T_Dizzle

        If you own a Mercedes you shouldn’t need phone insurance.

      • T_Dizzle

        If you own a Mercedes you shouldn’t need phone insurance.

      • Ben Edwards

        Stranger things have happened. Besides, it never said what sort of Merc it was. Could be 20 years old for all you know.

      • Ben Edwards

        Stranger things have happened. Besides, it never said what sort of Merc it was. Could be 20 years old for all you know.

      • Ben Edwards

        Stranger things have happened. Besides, it never said what sort of Merc it was. Could be 20 years old for all you know.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Aren’t they worth more with age? /s