USA man killed by exploding e-cigarette

USA man killed by exploding e-cigarette

- The autopsy report for a man whose vape pen exploded, causing a fire in his St. Petersburg home, shows the exploding pen - not the fire - killed him.

D'Elia's death marks the first e-cigarette death in the US, ABC reported, citing the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Pinellas County's Medical Examiner ruled the death as accidental. The cause of death was listed as "projectile wound of head" - the pen exploded into pieces, at least two of which were sent into his head, the report said - and he suffered burns on about 80 per cent of his body.

The Smok-E Mountain Mech Works vaping device, which is made in The Philippines, is an unregulated mechanical e-cigarette.

In January 2017, an Idaho man lost seven teeth and suffered second-degrees burn after a vape pen exploded in his face.

The FDA, which shares tips to avoid such explosions, notes "the exact causes of such incidents are not yet clear", though some evidence points to "battery-related issues".

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The explosions usually occur suddenly, the report found, "and are accompanied by loud noise, a flash of light, smoke, flames, and often vigorous ejection of the battery and other parts".

This is the first reported US death from a malfunctioning e-cigarette - and it is not surprising news.

One store selling vaping devices says the e-cigarettes come with "no safety features and no regulation". "The vast majority of vaping devices on the market carry the same fire risk as other products that use lithium-ion batteries, such as cellphones and laptops". "His mother and I weren't home, so that's why he may have been using it inside", he said while talking about e-cigarette use by his son. Finally, avoid altering the device, anddo not leave it in extreme temperatures, such as in direct sunlight or in a freezing vehicle overnight.

"Any other e-cig that has a computer chip in it prevents that from happening", Wilder added.

Smok-E Mountain, however, told ABC its e-cigarettes do not explode, suggesting instead that the device's battery or atomizer was likely to blame.

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