First US Death from Exploding E-Cigarette

First US Death from Exploding E-Cigarette

Firefighters found D'Elia inside his burning home, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The Medical Examiner reported that the explosion sent two pieces of the vape pen into the man's cranium.

While such incidents are rare and the death has been ruled accidental, it isn't the first time a spontaneous e-cigarette explosion has raised concerns.

A man has died from a "projectile wound to the head" after his vape pen exploded then set him on fire.

Claiming its devices do not explode, a rep for the maker tells the outlet he suspects something went wrong with the atomizer or battery, noting copycat batteries are an issue.

A map showing which countries have placed a ban on e-cigarettes
A map showing which countries have placed a ban on e-cigarettes

Tallmadge D'Elia, 38, was smoking the electronic cigarette on 5 May when it blasted apart, according to a post-mortem report. The autopsy revealed that not only had the device exploded and started a fire, it somehow made a projectile wound in D'Elia's skull. "Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused fires and explosions, some of which have resulted in serious injuries", states the site. The study also notes that there has also been one death recorded in the United Kingdom in an August 2014 incident in which "an e-cigarette that was being charged in a non-manufacturer approved device exploded and ignited nearby oxygen equipment". These include using vape devices with added safety features, replacing wet or damaged batteries, avoiding charging overnight and using only e-cigarette chargers.

The report stated: "No other consumer product places a battery with a known explosion hazard such as this in such close proximity to the human body".

The report blamed the incidents on the prevalence of lithium-ion batteries in the products. "While the failure rate of the lithium-ion batteries is very small, the consequences of a failure, as we have seen, can be severe and life-altering for the consumer". Before then, a New Yorker suffered third-degree burns after the device exploded in his trousers, the Times reported.

There have been other reports of injuries from vape pens, said the report.

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