The science behind exploding phone batteries

This post was originally published on The Verge on October 13, 2016 by Angela Chen and Lauren Goode.

An exploding phone seems like a freak accident, but the same chemical properties that make batteries work also make them likely to catch fire. Samsung is learning this the hard way, as it becomes the latest company to recall a device — in this case, its new Galaxy Note 7 phone — because the batteries could be dangerous.