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A Florida man died from the explosion of electronic cigarettes

A Florida man died from the explosion of electronic cigarettes

The 38-year-old was killed when his vape pen exploded, which sent projectiles into his head, and started a small fire in his home in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner reported that the pen exploded, sending at least two pieces hurling into the air with such force that they penetrated D'Elia's skull and brain.

The television producer's death has been ruled an accident.

D'Elia also suffered burns to 80 per cent of his body, the ABC News reports, after the explosion caused a fire in his house.

The electronic cigarette was manufactured by Smok-E Mountain, said the medical examiner.

He suffered thermal injuries to about 80 percent of his body, including his chest, shoulder, abdomen, back, arm and hand. As ABC reported, investigators believe that the vape device D'Elia was using may have exploded, possibly due to a faulty battery or charger.

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

A report from the US Fire Administration a year ago reviewed 195 reports of e-cigarette-related fires and explosions from 2009 to 2016, none of which resulted in deaths.

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Deputy fire marshal Steven Lawrence said: 'It can explode and at that point it can project either the pieces of the lighter itself or the vape pen'.

When emergency responders first came upon D'Elia's St. Petersburg home, the report indicates they found "extensive" fire damage and minimal smoke in the room where the body was found. This incident marks the first confirmed case in which an e-cigarette explosion resulted in a fatality.

He added that the e-cigarettes used by most people who vape have more built-in safety features.

State coroner found incandescent e-cigarette debris inside Talmadge's skull.

Protect your vape from extreme temperatures by not leaving it in direct sunlight or in a freezing auto overnight.

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.


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