Phones can explode. It's not a common occurrence, and it is more likely to happen when a device is being misused in some way, but it's still not outside the realm of possibility for a device to harm someone who was using it precisely as intended. An 18-year-old woman in Switzerland was badly burned this week when a Samsung Galaxy S3 exploded in her pants pocket. The incident took place while the woman was at work, and her boss had to tear off her pants in order to help her. Pictures are available, and one's pretty graphic.

La-Chaux-de-Fonds. Le 4 juillet 2013. Fanny Schlatter, son telephone, Samsung, a pris feu dans sa poche de salopette. La-Chaux-de-Fonds. Le 4 juillet 2013. Fanny Schlatter, son telephone, Samsung, a pris feu dans sa poche de salopette.


Samsung is investigating the matter, and what is left of the phone will be sent to Korea for analysis. When a Galaxy S3 allegedly spontaneously combusted last year, it turned out to have been a phony incident caused by sticking the phone in a microwave. This incident, however, looks pretty legit. The woman insists that the phone contained the original battery, as far as she knows. Regardless, this sucks for everyone involved. Even if one phone exploding out of millions sold could make for a somewhat comforting statistic, it's still very awful PR, and it's one exploding phone too many for the woman burned.

Via: Android Beat

Images via: Le Matin

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • nxym

    i keep hearing more about galaxy s3s exploding more than any other. here is one incident on reddit that didnt get much coverage :



    • Tommy Thompson

      So two incidents out of how many phones that were sold? If you read the second post on Reddit, Samsung determined he was using a non-OEM battery.

      • Aaron17Watson17

        It happens with all brands if you ask me. EVEN APPLE

        • someone_asdf

          It was an aftermarket battery in those cases.


      • Joo

        No phone should ever explode...
        Think of it, you're making a normal call when all of a sudden your phone explodes burning your face and losing half of your hearing...

        • Christopher Lee

          It's rarely the phone exploding but rather, the battery, which is presumably designed to be nonvolatile.

      • epsiblivion

        which is odd since he claimed he never replaced it himself.

  • Christopher Heuer

    *Takes phone out of pocket and sets it on the desk*

    • Bjajjull

      Lol I did the same.

    • http://www.impulsivestudios.com/ Justin Myers

      I did this exact same thing. Hahaha

    • fuck u

      :O:O OMGaaaaaaaaadddddd me frickin tooo :P:P:P hahhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
      fuck u

  • Bluewall

    WOW. It's impressive to see a story of a young swiss girl that live just next to me on Android Police :D

    You'll notice on the picture that the back cover isn't the regular SGS3 one, so maybe she has an unnofficial battery ? that's my thought :)

    • http://www.ellianth.com Ellianth

      Do you mean you've seen her in person before? :O

      • Bluewall

        Not really. She lives 10 km away from me :p

        I'm sure I've already seen her face anyway. You know, here, we all see each others at little festival or party so it's very possible I've already seen her once lol

        But it happened close :)

  • Annduhroo

    That doesn't look like a stock battery cover... I don't recall having a faux carbon fiber option

    • Steve Freeman

      It may just be a case. But regardless, until there's an investigation, I'm holding off on judgement. There have been too many cases where someone does something stupid (ie. microwaving their phone or using cheap replacement batteries) to take these kind of stories at face value.

    • Aaron17Watson17

      If this isn't the stock battery then it's not samsung's fault. Poor lady...

      • http://shwetank-shukla.blogspot.com/ Shwetank Shukla

        He is talking about the cover..

    • NexusKoolaid

      A non-stock battery cover or case shouldn't be an issue, otherwise every Otter Box or TPU case would void warranties. A non-stock battery, on the other hand, would be another issue entirely.

    • Danny Davis

      From the looks, it looks like the Carbond skin you can stick on from Body Gaurdz

    • Alex Coleman

      That is a case on it not the back cover. My boyfriend has that same cover. its body glove if I remember

    • S3 User

      Non-original battery cover looks suspicious. I would not be surprised if it will be not a real Galaxy S3, but one of hundreds of it's chinese clones!

  • Tommy Thompson

    legit minus the after market back and what looks to be wireless charger.

  • PhoenixPath

    Is this a new feature? Will my pants burst into flames if I lie while it's in my pocket??

    • ericerk

      Burst modes true nature

  • ProductFRED

    If my Note 2 explodes, it's taking my nuts with it.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      If my nuts explode, they'll take my S3 with them.

    • paplic

      lucky she's a girl.
      if a boy got this the story will get more scary.

  • Mark LaFlamme

    Not one comment about the lady's hot ass. We've really matured around here.

    • George Tunaya III

      Look at the knee on the right - that's her thigh.

      • Mark LaFlamme

        Ohhhh. I'm an idiot. Good call.

        • taxi333

          and immature ... (like me :p )

  • Aaron17Watson17

    HORRENDOUS. Samsung needs to compensate the poor lady with atleast 10, 000 dollars and pay all the doctor fees

    • lordmerovingian

      AFTER it has been proven that it is their fault.

      • Aaron17Watson17

        Agree but if it does turn out to be a third party battery. I still think samsung should compensate in some way.

        • Christopher Lee

          They would for PR purposes, but if it's a third party battery then all blame falls on the battery vendor. Samsung "should" do nothing in that case, but as noted above it would be nice for them to be the Good Guy Company for any number of reasons.

        • lordmerovingian

          And why should that be? Give me any legal reason or otherwise where Samung should compensate in ANY way if it turns out to be the fault of a third party? Ohhh, i get it Samsung has the deeper pockets? Is that it?

    • Kevin N

      I would say 100k the pain in recovery for this is very painful!

    • Nasko Hristov

      I don't wish anyone to have such an accident, but WTF to explode like that the phone/battery/ must have been more than 50 degrees C and this girl felt nothing?

    • Jacob Martin

      She is not in America, the doctor was already paid for.

      • Candy Cab

        If she was in the U.S. she Probably would have been arrested and labeled a Terrorist :-| On a more serious note I cant imagine that was anything other than a horrible experience.

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      Welcome to Switzerland where 10'000 dollars will get you an hour with the doctor... so add a bit more to that ;)

      /sarcasm intended but 10'000 isn't anywhere near enough.

  • George Tunaya III

    Was this the hottest selling phone? /I'llseemyselftohellthankyouverymuch

    • MasterMuffin

      No, Nokia 1100 was. /Igotthejokejustkiddingpeople

  • Alfredo Guzman

    I wonder what her job is.. that MIGHT have something to do with it. nevertheless Samsungs got some 'splaining to do

    • Aaron17Watson17


  • Kevin N

    Wow that sucks! My son had a third degree burn and the pain he went through for over four weeks was horrible. Best of luck!

  • Armus

    She had to have felt it getting really hot before this happened. It would have to reach temperatures well above 160C before is expect this.

    • Tony

      Jesus, 160c, How could you not feel that? My SGS3 hit 51c on me a week or so ago, and I could feel it through the otterbox case, and my pants leg

      • daveboy2000

        Fahrenheit =/= celsius

  • William

    An sgs3 didnt explode, a battery exploded.

    These batteries do not just explode, they have to reach pretty extreme temperatures b4 something like this would happen, like +250F.

    AKA, there is more going on here then was told.

  • Alex

    My s4 might do the same thing. It gets overheated when I'm using gps, and talking on the phone, and a weird smell starts coming from it.

  • markgbe

    i don't believe this... sorry lady, you'll have to work to make money just like everyone else.

  • Ralo

    I have a case on my s3 which looks like the back of this phone (pre fire)

  • TechDevil

    That's the inside of the back cover flipped over, what's on it is part of the battery stuck/burnt onto it... OEM battery or not, that's all that will matter. Either way, gnarly burn :o/

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    ouch. looks like a none oem battery in witch case she is sol. never trust nockoff batteries. if the battery sounds to cheep to be true it probably is. lithium ion battery's are very sensitive to build quality if a 3rd party dose not build them exactly to sepc and chooses good insulator materials bad shit can happen.

  • Mido.Karam

    Never heard of an exploding HTC :D

    • Godzilla

      Never heard of a wildly popular HTC :D

      • ZombieCow

        HTC Desire...

  • sehtam

    "We're sorry Miss, its cosmetic damage, your protection plan doesn't cover it." "You're eligible for an upgrade to the S4!"

  • taxi333

    I'll be dead if my zerolemon battery explodes

    • mesmorino

      You and me both buddy. And I'm always playing Real Racing 3 for an hour at a time

  • David Margolin

    honestly want sure if the disturbing image would be a destroyed s3 or the 3rd degree burn...

  • Scott

    Immediately thought of this.

  • Johnny Vu

    it's explode cause she have a hot leg

  • Yuuki

    seems like a non oem battery, if you look at the not burned part of the batery,

  • Matthew Fry

    Owww... phantom pain!

  • Cherokee4Life

    What keeps bugging me is why is the cover upside down in the picture?

  • MikeE

    USCPSC, US Consumer Product Safety Commision has more than 600 incidents 100 injuries from lithium ion battery in their files. 1472 Dell pictures of leaked and burned lithium ion batteries. Time for a thorough investigation, and the fines called for by law for Sony and Dell not and under-reporting to the USCPSC.

    Senator Schumer has recently called for an investigation by the USCPSC into lithium ion batteries. Please join the call for lithium ion battery investigation, contact your representatives and do your own investigation too.

    • Zack Davis

      600 incidents and 100 injuries?

      You realize there's probably 10's of millions of Lithium Ion batteries in use in the US alone right? Therefore the failure rate you list is obscenely small. Sure it sucks to be one of those injured I'm sure but you're probably more likely to electrocute yourself charging the battery than you are to have the battery fail and injure you.

  • SherlockHolmes

    I myself am righthanded, and carry my phone in my right front pocket of my jeans. The phone rests with its screen against my leg, and the back is pointing to the outside. An exploding battery has to go through the screen and all the electronics, before reaching my leg. I cannot believe this girl could suffer such wounds from such an exploding battery. Unless...

    • http://twitter.com/Telanis_ Telanis

      Unless she has the screen facing out, which is perfectly reasonable. Why the fuck would you assume everyone has to do it the same way as you?

      My N4 usually goes screen towards leg, my BlackBerry goes screen out. Just feels better.

  • herman

    this is why i have a ballistic case with holder for my phone

  • Dave

    I bet this is fake.

  • Blowntoaster

    I've noticed that tight jeans that cause a lot of friction, tracksuits with polyester in it tend to generate heat on mobile device with the mobile data on and the battery and processor/antennae getting hot because of use. the heat generated by the materials tend to get it to overheat and shut down. dunno how she got it hot enough to explode..160deg plus. how did she not notice that. the battery had to be faulty. how else....

    • http://twitter.com/Telanis_ Telanis

      "Friction" is not the problem, lol, it's insulation.

  • Hewe Wong

    Maybe she was sweating, In school my phone was in my jacket pocket and 4 hours later it was hot like touching metal in a hot sun.I forgot to close all apps and the cpu was running so thats why.

  • Luis A.

    Had a lady last summer try to cash a money order that was partially burnt, she told me it was burnt because her htc evo had caught on fire in her purse and set the entire car on fire, didnt believe it until she showed me her insurance claims, kinda intenses.

  • pdawg

    law suit

  • taneli

    It seems that the battery was not the right place.

    compare the camera lens

  • sean

    this was found to be a third party / knock off battery. not samsung's fault - they have no reason or obligation to compensate her. i am by no means blaming her either, however electronics on this power scale and type do NOT explode, and before a battery explodes in this manner, it must reach an absurd heat level, so she really should have realized that it was (almost literally) on fire before it was (literally) on fire. if the price on an expensive piece of electronics seems too good to be true - look somewhere else. as for all of the other cropping up legends about explosions... many of them are setups and cons, and ignorant people and the media just gobble all this crap up. the finger pointing ensues well before anything is actually known. and of course the "victim" screams 'i didn't do it! it's not my fault! i never changed it!' and 9 times out of 10 they are full of it.

  • Stacey Spangler

    I have an impact case on my galaxy 3 phone and I have noticed that with prolonged use it will get hot in the back of the phone at that point that's an indication that you really need to turn the phone off and let it cool down and give it a rest. When I've done this nothing else has occurred. Hope this makes more people aware that overusing any device will cause it to overheat and possibly cause harm.

  • Billie Smith

    I have a gal3 same battery that came
    With the cell. My cell gets very hot to touch . I have to actually lay it on a table . It happened at a bass pro shop resturant. Then it has happened several other times . I have actually took the battery out but sometimes with the ottobox cover makes it a slow process. It is very uncomfortable when this happens. It seems it gets hot when I'm always away from home and there are people around.
    I can't seem to get answers of why and I always look for the thing to blow up and hate it for that's how it makes me feel. I guess if it happens then it does then maybe I get answers.

  • tf

    Devices exploding are often due to overcharging of batteries. Use of something like battery current meter ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bob.batterymeter ) could have prevented this.... just saying