Samsung sends fire-proof boxes for Galaxy Note 7 returns

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The corporate logo of Samsung Electronics Co. is seen at its shop in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. The fiasco of Samsung's fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphones - and Samsung's stumbling response to the problem - has left consumers ... from Shanghai to New York reconsidering how they feel about the South Korean tech giant and its products. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (The Associated Press)

Samsung Electronics says it is sending fire-resistant packages to its customers in the U.S. as a precaution against possible fires or explosions from Galaxy Note 7s they return to retailers.

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Samsung said Wednesday that it is offering prepaid shipping boxes as an option for U.S. owners of the phones, which are prone to overheat and catch fire. The company has recalled all the phones and said Tuesday it was discontinuing the devices.

Samsung said packaging meets U.S. regulations required for shipping lithium-ion batteries or devices containing them.

A video on YouTube dated Tuesday shows a man it says is at the XDA Developers office in the U.S., unpacking a kit containing a static shield bag, thermally insulated box, gloves and instructions for ground shipping only.