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Vaping turns deadly as exploding pen launches projectile into Florida man's head

17 May 2018

M - A U.S. man died when a vape pen blew up and projected fragments into his skull, a post-mortem examination has found, BBC reported.

A medical examiner blames a St. Petersburg, Florida man's death on injuries suffered after an e-cigarette exploded.

There have been several reports of vape-pens exploding in the past, but this is believed to be the first death caused by one in the US.

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

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The "mod" type pen was manufactured by Smok-E Mountain, which according to its Facebook page is located in the Philippines, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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".

Deputy fire marshal Steven Lawrence, who attended the scene, said vape pens can "become pieces of flying debris and shrapnel".

Furthermore, following the incident, authorities found his body inside the home that was on fire, which suffered about 80% of thermal injuries to his chest, shoulder, abdomen, back and arm and hand. Since most e-cigarettes use lithium batteries, there is commonly known high risks associated with improper use of the electronics.

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A spokesperson for Smok-E Mountain told ABC affiliate WFTS that the problem had to do with the atomizer (the top piece you put in your mouth) or the battery. This incident marks the first confirmed case in which an e-cigarette explosion resulted in a fatality.

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". He suffered third-degree burns. "That's typically the biggest issue which causes batteries to fail", he said.

Never carry e-cig batteries loose in your pocket, especially where they might come into contact with coins, keys or other metal objects which can cause the battery to short out.

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Vaping turns deadly as exploding pen launches projectile into Florida man's head