External device caused Samsung Galaxy S III explosion

Reports surfaced two weeks ago of an exploding Samsung Galaxy S III. The news came just as Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone was launching in North America. Samsung promised to investigate and hired Fire Investigations UK (FIUK), an independent third-party organization, to help. It has now published the results.

Damaged Samsung Galaxy S III

The explosion was caused by “an external energy source.” The investigation adds that “the device was not responsible for the cause of the fire.”

Additionally, the investigation results state, “The only way it was possible to produce damage similar to the damage recorded within the owner’s damaged device was to place the devices or component parts within a domestic microwave.”

The Boards.ie user who posted the original story has now retracted it:

I would like to retract my original statement. The damage to the phone was caused by another person, although they were attempting to recover the phone from water this later caused the damage shown on the phone. It occurred due to a large amount of external energy and there was no fault with the phone. This was not a deliberate act but a stupid mistake.

Basically: Don’t dry your smartphone in the microwave and then try to pin the blame on the manufacturer when it all goes wrong…

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