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Man Dies After E-Cigarette Explodes, Autopsy Finds

17 May 2018

E-cigarette battery explosions are rare, but when they occur, the device "can be propelled across the room like a bullet or small rocket", according to a FEMA report.

A former CNBC producer has passed away after his e-cigarette exploded and became lodged in his skull, according to a newly released autopsy.

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.

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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The medical examiner said it was accidental.

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According to a report by the US Fire Administration, there were at least 195 cases of e-cigarettes exploding or catching fire in the US between 2009 and 2016.

It appeared that the explosion had started a fire in the bedroom where he was found. "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".

An autopsy has confirmed that a man died after his e-cigarette exploded, penetrated his brain and left him with burns to 80 per cent of his body.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations for e-cigarette use include: not carrying loose e-cig batteries in a pocket, where they could come into contact with other metal objects; not charging with a phone charger; not charging while unattended; and not mixing and matching different brands or old and new batteries.

Gary Wilder, the owner of a vape pen store in St. Petersburg said that he doesn't think "unregulated" pens are "safe enough".

There were 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the United States reported by the media between 2009 and 2016, according to data released a year ago by the US Fire Administration.

Man Dies After E-Cigarette Explodes, Autopsy Finds