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Man killed after vape pen explodes

17 May 2018, 03:55 | Katrina Lee

Man dies of 'projectile wound of the head' after vape pen explodes

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Tallmadge "Wake" D'Elia's official cause of death, which is the first e-cigarette fatality in the USA, was listed as "projectile wound of the head" and ruled accidental.

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 Pinellas County medical examiner confirmed the detail to 10News on Tuesday.

A vape pen has killed a man by exploding and hurling fragments into his head and starting a fire that burned most of his body.

The autopsy also revealed the e-cigarette's manufacturer as Philippines-based Smok-E Mountain.

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

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Dale Kleine, a neighbor who identified the body, said she saw smoke coming out of the roof of the house, reported FOX 6. The autopsy results just came out and reportedly showed the e-cig not only exploded and sparked the blaze, but it also made a "projectile wound" in D'Elia's skull.

Such accidents aren't unheard of: According to a U.S. Fire Administration report, at least 195 electronic cigarettes exploded or caught fire from 2009 to 2016, and while no deaths were recorded in that time, the explosions caused 133 injuries, 38 of them severe.

Unfortunately, according to a government report, e-cigarettes can become unsafe when the battery dies. These include using vape devices with added safety features, replacing wet or damaged batteries, avoiding charging overnight and using only e-cigarette chargers.

The report stated: "No other consumer product places a battery with a known explosion hazard such as this in such close proximity to the human body".

Supporters of vaping say that e-cigarettes with nicotine can help people quit smoking. Instead, they sell vape pens with a computer chip inside, which keeps the device from overheating.

Tampa TV station WFTS reported that a representative from Smok-E Mountain said the problem was likely an issue pertaining to the device's atomizer or battery, and not the device itself.

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