Cell phone explosion: Chinese-made Samsung Note 3 clone phone explodes in Hong Kong

A Chinese-made fake Samsung Note 3 exploded inside a Hong Kong bus driver’s pocket on his way to work on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old Kowloon Motor Bus driver, identified by his surname Huang, asked one of his colleagues to get him a fake Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from China earlier this year, which cost him roughly $220.

Around 7 a.m., the phone started making weird noises. When Huang went to the restroom at the terminal station, he saw smoke coming out of the smartphone that was tucked into his shirt pocket. Before he could remove his shirt, he heard a loud bang, followed by smoke and fire!

He quickly put out the fire, using a water hose. The left side of his chest was slightly burned but nothing too serious. He ditched the fired hazard phone and eventually picked up a new Sony M2.

According to an expert, the explosion could have been caused from the phone overheating, due to a short-circuit. Huang bought the knockoff phone for about a third of the price of an original Samsung Note 3. China has a plethora of knockoff phone manufacturers making a fortune selling explosive overpriced bricks.

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