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Exploding vape pen blamed for Florida man's death

Exploding vape pen blamed for Florida man's death”

An exploding vape pen fatally wounded a 38-year-old Florida man in what is believed to be the nation's first e-cigarette death, according to a government report.

The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner said the official cause was "projectile wound of head", reports the Tampa Bay Times. An autopsy report released his week blamed a vape pen explosion for his death, according to local news media outlets.

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

D'Elia, 38, died after a vape pen exploded on May 5, causing a fire that also burned 80 percent of his body.

According to the report, the pen he used was a "mod" type, or a modified e-cigarette created to be customizable.

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

He also suffered burns on about 80% of his body.

'It can explode and at that point it can project either the pieces of the lighter itself or the vape pen'.

The video below shows two separate occasions of vape pens exploding, emitting plumes of smoke and starting fires.

One store selling vaping devices says the e-cigarettes come with "no safety features and no regulation".

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

D'Elia used a mod pen, which is a vape that can be customized, distributed by Smok-E Mountain. "While the failure rate of the lithium-ion batteries is very small, the consequences of a failure, as we have seen, can be severe and life-altering for the consumer".

E-cigarettes prove to be quite risky, despite advertising. Finally, avoid altering the device, anddo not leave it in extreme temperatures, such as in direct sunlight or in a freezing vehicle overnight.

He explained: 'Any other e-cig that has a computer chip in it prevents that from happening'.

Smok-E Mountain told ABC Action News that any explosion was likely caused by knockoff battery and are hoping to see pictures of the device in question.



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