WINTHROP (CBS) — Just days after Samsung announced it’s recalling 2.5 million of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, one reportedly exploded in Massachusetts.

A worker for Action Ambulance Service in Winthrop was sleeping by the charging phone when the explosion happened, according to the company.

“If that exploded while he was on it, he definitely would’ve gotten hurt, serious burns or whatever,” paramedic Dana Rhoades said.

The mark left by the exploding phone. (Image credit Action Ambulance Service)

The mark left by the exploding phone. (Image credit Action Ambulance Service)

Rhoades and paramedic Shane McKenney were heading into work Saturday morning for a shift change when the smoke from the phone triggered fire alarms.

“It was pretty scorched,” Rhoades said. “The screen was all blown out, the whole back part charred.”

“The phone was melted,” McKenney added. “It looked like it exploded.”

Another look at the burned phone (Image credit Action Ambulance Service)

Another look at the burned phone (Image credit Action Ambulance Service)

Samsung announced the massive, worldwide recall of the phones after reports that they could catch fire while charging. The smartphone was just released a month ago.

Fire Capt. Charles Flanagan said because the incident involved electronic merchandise, he plans to share it with the state fire marshal.

“It’s pretty alarming, you know because that could happen to any of us,” Rhoades said.

That smartphone costs $850. Samsung is offering a new phone to its customers plus a $25 gift card.

“I ain’t gonna charge my phone until it’s at two percent,” McKenney said.

Comments (18)
  1. Kyle says:

    That phone is not a Note 7. Its a S7 Active….

  2. jim says:

    I guess there off to an explosive start

  3. Griffin Madden says:

    The phone in the images you guys used is a Galaxy S6 Active, not a Note 7…

  4. rich says:

    What is with the idiotic editors today??? The phone pictured is not a note 7 and the person who edited this should be fired

  5. Rich Brown says:

    Fire your fact-checker. That’s not a Note7, so you’re stirring the pot using a lie.

  6. That phone is a S7 Active. Retract this report.

  7. Doug says:

    Ditto on all of this. Definitely not a Note 7. Poor reporting.

  8. Tom says:

    horrible reporting. these reporters should be fired for misinforming the public. That is NOT a Note 7.

  9. Actually, it’s a S6 Active, but still.

  10. Timmy says:

    What a terrible lie. That phone is NOT a Note 7. Check your facts next time.

  11. Kurt says:

    Clearly a Blue Camo Galaxy S6 Active, search Google for Galaxy S6 Active, find a picture of the back of a Blue Camo Galaxy S6 Active (pretty easy to find) and compare, exact same phone. Only Note 7 in that report is taken from a YouTube video that actually had an exploded Note 7.

  12. Chris says:

    Not to beat a dead horse but that phone is so clearly an S6 Active and not a Note7

  13. Warren says:

    This is obviously inaccurate reporting. The phone’s owner is not even quoted a saying it was a Samsung Note 7. It seems that CBS Boston just made this up.

  14. Jim Duarte says:

    He’s also charging his S7 Active with a $5.00 Gas Station charging chord… anyone notice that too? I’ve emailed the News Editor twice already with NO REPLY – can’t believe that the first (and maybe only) Note 7 Fire in the US is going to end up being this BOGUS Reporting! Come on Channel 4 – get on the air and admit you were wrong!!!

  15. Not a Note 7. It’s an S7 Active. It’s also an aftermarket cable with the Fast Charger adapter, which you CANNOT do. You need the Fast Charge USB Type-C cable that comes with the adapter.

    Do your research, reporters. Reddit already did it for you.

  16. Not a Note 7. News theses days is just so inaccurate!

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