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Samsung Halts Galaxy Note 7 Shipments After Reports of Fires

Samsung has halted shipments of its Galaxy Note 7 in order to test the device, after reports surfaced of the smartphones catching fire or exploding while charging. A Samsung spokesman did not confirm the reports of the fires and would not say whether the delay was applicable outside of South Korea. He did not say why the shipments were halted. Social-media sites showed photos of scorched devices, and a national news agency reported there were at least five verifiable claims of the devices combusting.