Man killed when vaping pen explodes, sending pieces into his skull

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

And in 2016, a vape pen user in NY suffered third-degree burns after the pen exploded in his trousers, NBC 4 NY reported.

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.

The projectile was from a section of an e-cigarette.

Manufacturer of the vape pen was Smok-E Mountain and is was a "mod" type, said he autopsy report.

A former CNBC producer was killed when his e-cigarette exploded and lodged into his skull, penetrating his brain, according to an autopsy, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Users inhale the aerosol.

"This is a awful shock", Christopher D'Elia, the man's father, told ABC Action News.

The U.S. Fire Administration says there have been 195 cases in which an electronic cigarette exploded or caught fire between 2009 through 2016, resulting in 133 injuries, 38 of which were severe.

"The two major causes of dramatic failures with the larger units are overcharging of the battery and then the shorting of the battery", Kiklas said.

"Lithium-ion batteries fail in other devices as well, but in a laptop, it's on your lap".

There have been a few incidents of injuries stemming from vape pen explosions.

For example, in 2015, an e-cigarette exploded in a man's face in Naples, Florida, burning his face, chest, hands and lungs.

In 2016, a vaping device blew up in a man's face in NY - knocking out his teeth, ripping a hole in his tongue and leaving his hands covered in burns. He suffered third-degree burns.

There have been other cases of exploding e-cigarettes, but none of them were fatal.

"We've put the caution out before", Kiklas said.

One store selling vaping devices says the e-cigarettes come with "no safety features and no regulation". The representative said that it was likely an atomizer (the part a person inserts into their mouth) or a battery issue that caused the explosion.

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