You can’t make this stuff up: Reuters is reporting that a minor fire broke out at a Samsung SDI factory in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on Wednesday. What makes this story newsworthy is the fact that the fire was reportedly caused by waste products, including faulty batteries, inside the facility.

The incident has been confirmed by both Samsung and local emergency services.

The fire has been extinguished, a Samsung spokesman said. No casualties or significant impact to the plant’s operations were reported.

Samsung SDI’s spokesman Shin Yong-doo said that the fire broke in a part of the facility used for waste products like faulty batteries, not on the production line itself. The local fire department confirmed that lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products started the fire.

They sent out 110 firefighters and 19 trucks to extinguish the flames.

Samsung SDI, a subsidiary of the South Korean conglomerate, builds lithium-ion batteries for mobile devices and electric vehicles. The Tianjin plant, one of five SDI production centers in China, predominantly churns out small batteries used in phones.

It supplied batteries for the ill-fated Note 7, which suffered a global recall last year due to battery defects which cost the company $5.3 billion in operating profit. The Korean chaebol said in January that two separate flaws discovered in both Samsung SDI and Amperex Technology’s batteries were to blame for the Note 7 failure.

China’s Amperex supplied batteries for the replacement Note 7 devices.

Be that as it may, Samsung SDI is now set to start supplying batteries for Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 in the first quarter of this year.

Source: Reuters

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Galaxy Note 8 in production

    • 电天堂

      As well as Galaxy S8

    • 5723alex .

      There won’t be a Galaxy Note 8, but batteries still will explode.

  • Vinnie Bones

    what else is new…lol

  • rockdude094

    its a conspiracy ! They are trying to hide evidence as to the real cause of the note 7 explosions.

    • Snailpo

      I heard they have information on Clinton

    • Kamran Mackey

      Are you dumb bro? That WAS THE REAL CAUSE.

      • rockdude094

        Im kidding! gosh learn to take a joke bro..

  • :|Alain|:

    I actually laughed when i read the headline

  • Wesh

    Are you joking? it’s not even 1st of April!?

  • Franklin Richards

    lel

  • stylesbeyond

    hahahahaahaahaahahahahahaahahahaahaahahha!!!

  • ravinigga

    It’s funny but I hope the people there are okay

    • tariq

      No one was hurt. It was a minor fire according to Samsung

  • Diego Milano

    It’s sad to see people finding this funny, very sad.

    • Y2J: Keeper of the List

      In what way?

    • Rowan09

      Why? No one was hurt and they just came out and said they found the issues that caused the Note 8 and then this happens.

  • nonchalont

    Wow that’s embarrassing…

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    ROFLMAO

  • Mohammed Khaled Kawsar

    Looks like Samsung’s battery is taking its heat off for killing note 7

  • Sergey Kory

    This is old news! This story circulated on the net few months ago, unless it’s another fire

  • Bugs Bunnay

    let’s not forget that it’s china… things explode is considered normal. I remember some poor guy taking a dump and the toilet exploded and you can imaging the rest…

    • Rowan09

      That’s a horrible way to go.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        you’re right. i’m being a jerk

  • Mike M. Powell

    It felt like Aprils Fools for some reason. Samsung what are you doing fam!!!

  • Good thing Samsung doesn’t make vape pens… yet. lol.