Redditor describes spontaneous combustion of Galaxy S III

Reddit member vizionx1208 describes a frightening experience in which his Galaxy S III started smoldering in the bed next to him as he slept. He was awoken by the terrible smell of burning electronics and was shocked to see smoke and fire coming from his phone as it charged. It was a stock Galaxy S III phone that was not rooted. You can read his tale below and take a gander at some of the photos on Imgur.

“Last night at about 3:15am EST (about 1 hour after i plugged it in and went to sleep) I was awoken by a loud noise and a weird squeaking sound. (I charge my phone while I’m sleeping on my bed right next to me)

So, I woke up, and saw a ton of smoke coming out of my phone — it also smelled REALLY bad. Half asleep, I jumped out of bed and turned the light on, only to see that my phone was just beginning to go on fire. I dumped a glass of water I had in the room on it to stop it from burning…then woke up my brother to come help. The smoke smelled so bad and wafted through the entire second floor of my house. I had a foam mattress pillow top that had a hole burned through it too–which we later threw out because it was still burning throughout. Also, some of the plastic on my phone was melting and kind of shooting out of it, and some landed on my pinky finger and burned some skin off (very small burn though).”

I have had a faulty speaker smolder due to a bad wire, but I have never  had a mobile phone battery swell and explode like this. Has anyone experienced something similar with their old or even new phone?

[Via Reddit and PhoneArena]

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