LG G3 allegedly explodes, battery burns hole right through teen’s bed


LG G3 Combust 1

The year isn’t even over yet but before we officially head on into 2015, guns blazing, we’re being treated to yet another story of a phone spontaneously combusting.

Posted onto Reddit early this afternoon, the phone in question is actually the LG G3 (insert joke about LG copying Samsung copying Apple) and according to the OP, was allegedly sitting on his sister’s bed charging (not under the pillow) while she got ready in the morning.

It was then the explosion happened, causing the phone’s battery to catch fire, burning a hole straight through the mattress. Soon after, the home’s patriarch came rushing in (completely nude, mind you) dousing the phone and battery with a fire extinguisher (the reason why the phone is covered in white powder) before tossing the entire mattress out the window. Needless to say, it was a traumatic experience on more than one level.

LG G3 Combust collage

Worth noting is the owner claims to have been using the stock, OEM cable, battery, charger and the phone wasn’t resting under a pillow. Moments before the explosion took place, the phone was being used normally and didn’t show any signs of malfunction like warmer than usual temperatures.

That being said, this seems doesn’t seem to be a wide spread issue and is more than likely a fluke. With so many units being sold (especially around the holiday season), it seems normal to expect one bad egg. Of course, nobody likes the idea of a bad egg possibly exploding in their face, so let’s hope LG is quick to help out if a faulty unit was the cause (lest HTC step in again to cool things over).



Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. That’s obviously not an actual phone, is there a reason you posted this garbage?

    1. lolwut, that is a real phone…

      1. It’s obviously carved from soap. /s (Real explanation from Google+)

        1. I carve soap for a hobby, I did do a replica G3 about a month ago for a friend.

          1. WAS THIS YOUR DOING?!?!

          2. And the lube?

      2. A real phone covered in fire extinguisher discharge. That’s why he probably doesn’t think it looks real.

  2. Boom!

  3. Why is there lube in tbe pic? The phone didnt cause that fire, the lack of lube did…. If you know what I mean

  4. When will teens stop sleeping with their phones in the bed?

    1. When will people start reading the article before commenting?

      1. When will people stop bring so self-righteous?

        1. When people start being embarrassed about making fools of themselves in public forums?

          1. If you actually think that I made a fool of myself by asking the question I asked you’re probably the biggest idiot I’ve ever seen on the internet.

          2. Thank goodness you weren’t being self-righteous calling someone an idiot. Lol wow.

      2. My bad, missed that line about getting ready in the morning. The writer lost me in that sentence commenting about OEMs copying each other. But to assume I didn’t read the article was a poor assumption.

  5. lube, porn, explosion.

  6. You folks clearly have never seen what the discharge of a fire extinguisher onto a hot surface looks like. The white powder cakes everything, including buttons, contacts, lenses, etc. The fact that everything is white doesn’t prove a thing, and certainly not that this was “carved from soap.”

    Lithium ion batteries can, and do, explode and catch fire. It’s rare, and usually involved physical damage to the battery, but not always.

    Whether this is fake or not I have no way of knowing, but it is certainly possible for this to have happened.

  7. Be it true or false, I own a G3 and the quick start guide that comes with the box says that you should charge the phone on a solid surface, which means no beds or fabrics of any sort. Everyone should read safety instructions before using something.

  8. Looks like a very fake G3, nothing like the one on which I’m writing this comment.

    1. did ur hand burn while writing this comment :)

  9. Shoulda rooted and removed the useless bloatware that heats it up besides ever heard of a side table?

  10. Seems like the phone would be more damaged based on the mattress burn.

  11. dude caused a lot of friction tugging it that fast! or is someone going to take this seriously and explain to me how masturbation cannot physically cause enough heat from friction to cause a cell phone to catch fire?

  12. Obviously, this was caused by sticking Apple headphones into that poor innocent G3. That and the thermite replacement battery cover.

    1. Doesn’t look like a hoax to me, if you look closely at the details of the allegedly burnt phone it has several details that would not be present on a display phone.

      1. Nope. No text. No metal. The lens, LED flash, and Qi contacts are ALL PLASTIC SQUARES. The front isn’t shown because it is a STICKER. This is completely obvious to anybody that actually owns a G3. Lenses are transparent, not opaque white plastic. Look at my link, look at the picture I took yesterday. If you’re trolling then troll away. If you actually think this hoaxter is legit, then look at the photo I posted, or buy a g3. I’ve owned a g3, still do, but now use a nexus 6, and the white pics of soap he posted is not a real phone.

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