Exploding vape pen blamed for Florida man's death

Pauline Gross
May 17, 2018

An autopsy reported released Tuesday blames the man's vape pen for his injuries. A report past year by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency found that between January 2009 and December 31, 2016 there were 195 incidents where vape pens overheated or exploded, leading to 133 acute injuries to users, 38 or which were described as "severe". Officials found him with a wound to his top lip area and areas of burns to his body.

The medical examiner ruled that the death was an accident.

The Pinellas County medical examiner said Tallmadge "Wake" D'Elia died May 5 when a Smok-E Mountain Mech Works e-cigarette acted as a projectile and penetrated his skull and brain.

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

The Food and Drug Administration said the exact causes of vape pen explosions are not yet clear, but could stem from battery-related issues.

Supporters of vaping say that e-cigarettes with nicotine can help people quit smoking. Typically, more experienced users purchase mods to enhance the battery or functionality of the device. Some e-cigarettes have built-in batteries while others have swappable batteries which are charged on an external unit.

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The company denied that its product was behind the explosion and said that it believes the problem to be as a result of the device's battery or atomiser.

While D'Elia's death is a first, injuries from electronic cigarettes are surprisingly common.

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

And a vape pen exploded in a man's trousers in 2016 in New York, NBC4 reported. He suffered third-degree burns. He also had burns on about 80 percent of his body.

None of those cases was fatal.

Charge it using the charger that came with the vape, not your phone or tablet charger. 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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