Independent investigation determines that exploding Galaxy S III caused by external energy source (microwave)

Jonathan Radande July 6, 2012 12



Independent investigation determines that exploding Galaxy S III caused by external energy source

Remember that Samsung Galaxy S III that a user reported exploded while in his car? Turns out, it was all a lie, a big lie! Samsung went ahead and contracted Fire Investigations UK (FIUK) to conduct an investigation on the “exploding” Galaxy S III so that they could find out exactly what caused the accident.

According to the result from the investigation, the energy source that damaged the phone didn’t come from the phone itself. FIUK states that “The energy source responsible for generating the heat has been determined as external to the device…the device was not responsible for the cause of the fire“.

According to the Fire Investigation Report, the device was most-likely damaged by a domestic microwave.

“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.”

Boards.ie forum user dillo2k10 even went back on the forum to post a follow, and basically admitted that he made the entire story up. According to his post, the damage to the Galaxy S III was caused by another person after the phone suffered some water damage. Based on the FIUK, it appears as if the phone was placed in a microwave (to dry) after suffering water damage.

dillo2k10 posted the following on boards.ie:

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.

I am unable to comment any further.

So there you go. If you have a Galaxy S III, it won’t explode on you randomly. In the future, if you drop your phone in water, don’t microwave it to try to dry it off. Give it some time to dry it, blow dry it from a distance, place it in a big bowl of rice. Whatever you do, don’t microwave it. If you do end up microwaving it, don’t post pictures online and make up some crazy lie about how the phone is possibly dangerous, because it isn’t.

Check out the file report from the FIUK below and feel free to comment.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

  • Mark Klass

    Will the guy get sued or something? For making up false statements?

    • Anon

      NO this is the UK. We don’t sue each other just for the hell of it. He will have to buy a new phone. End of.

      • Icarus

        That sounds rather pretentious. I’m not an american, so not sue-happy, but this is a matter where the company SHOULD sue the man.

      • http://twitter.com/zoomblir phill

        you are a twat. He’s committed libel, which is against the law. Sue his arse. What’s the weather like on you high horse, by the way? Still pissing it down?

      • Anon

        You do realise the UK is the world hub for libel tourism because our libel laws are fucked?

        • Chris

          Ireland’s not in the UK

      • Tommy

        Boards.ie – .ie – Ireland – not UK

  • ElderOfTheInternet

    You can bet that out of all the desperate sensationalist news sites, not one of them will follow up this story and admit they were hoodwinked…

    Its the way the biased media works. It’s all about manipulating people. Next time you turn on your Xbox or iPhone, you hang your head in shame for being conned by the press.

  • http://twitter.com/lehtovitra Mikko Lehtovirta

    Investigation of exploding galaxies – sounds like a matter of the local planning department of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council in Alpha Centauri :)

  • Anonymous

    This guy needs to be sued, the damages he could have caused to Samsung via loss of sale are more than his stupidity would have cost to replace it. People read these articles and take them very seriously, and if they read that a phone could potentially be damaged like this they would turn else-where to get their mobile phone. This guy is a child, a silly little pathetic child who doesn’t know what consequences posting stuff like this can cause and I hope he gets sued. People were blaming CPW for not giving him a replacement straight off, and I wish they would have waited to give him a new phone until all these tests were performed as all the stuff he got free (Including a brand new phone) for being an idiot is not deserved at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zi.wang9 Zi Wang

    Paid by Apple might be a possibility.

  • floridavet

    It is a bit unfathomable that this guy didn’t know the difference between the dash of his automobile and the microwave oven. What? It would appear that he might be off the hook with Samsung because he did admit he made a mistake and backed off his claim. Besides, it is unlikely that Samsung would ever actually collect any damages from him as it seems he just might not be some kind of millionaire, but more likely in the category of what the old TV show Law & Order’s late Jerry Orbach would say (in his role of Detective Lennie Briscoe)…”way to go, genius!”