A Samsung Galaxy S6 exploded inside a home in England on Christmas Eve, missing a six-month old baby boy who was moments before sleeping in the line of fire. The Galaxy S6 was charging on a bedside table when 39-year old Victoria Leeds heard a bang while walking in the hallway of her home. While it wasn't loud, it was enough for her to run into the bedroom and see what the ruckus was all about. There, she spotted a flame shooting out of her handset. "There was a flame coming from the phone and sparks flying everywhere. They looked like fireworks," she said.
Moments before the phone exploded, Leeds had taken her son out of the cot where he was sleeping, and placed him on the bed. That turned out to be a lucky break since the cot suffered burn marks. Even more frightening, Leeds was five-minutes away from heading into the shower. Had the phone exploded five minutes later than it did, her son might have been seriously injured.
Instead, she grabbed the baby and rushed outside. Her husband unplugged the handset and their son was unscathed by the explosion. As for the handset, Leeds spoke with Samsung and the company promised to send her a replacement. A week has gone by, and she is still waiting.
Meanwhile, the company has issued a statement in which it says that "There are no known issues with the Galaxy S6."
"Samsung stands behind the quality and safety of the millions of Galaxy S6 family phones in the market. Until Samsung is able to obtain and examine any device, it is impossible to determine the true cause of any incident. Since being made aware of this case, Samsung has been attempting to contact the customer in order to organize collection of this device and investigate the cause of this incident. Samsung has now been able to speak to the customer and is working directly with Ms Seed to confirm next steps. Customer safety remains our highest priority and we work with any customer who has experienced an issue with a Samsung product in order to investigate the matter."-Official statement from Samsung
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ended up recalled and taken off the market after a series of explosions, earlier this month a Samsung Galaxy S6 went up in smoke half-way through a flight on a China Airlines Jet. And a lawsuit was filed a couple of months ago after a Samsung Galaxy S6 Active exploded back in August. Other manufacturers are also having similar problems. Earlier this month, an Apple iPhone 6s exploded and caught on fire after being unplugged from the charger.