Explosion at Samsung Factory in Tianjin Caused by Batteries

By Bridget O'Donnell, February 9, 2017

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On the same day that a massive explosion rocked a plant in Anhui, Samsung SDI's factory in Tianjin was also hit by a minor blast. No casualties were reported.

According to Reuters, the explosion happened on the morning of February 8 in a section of the factory used for waste — including lithium batteries.

The local fire department reported that faulty lithium ion batteries caught fire, which caused the explosion. Up to 110 firefighters were sent in to fight the blaze.

Explosion at Samsung Battery Factory in Tianjin

Explosion at Samsung Battery Factory in Tianjin

Explosion at Samsung Battery Factory in Tianjin

A Samsung spokesman said that the factory's operations weren't significantly impacted.

READ MORE: Deadly Chemical Warehouse Explosions Devastate Tianjin

The Korean smartphone producer took a huge hit in 2016 following a massive global recall and permanent production cancellation of its Galaxy Note 7 after customers began reporting smartphones spontaneously bursting into flames. Even airlines banned the smartphone on flights. The recall is said to have cost the company billions of dollars. 

[Images via Sina]

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