Explosive Vape Pen Responsible for Man's Death


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

"A lot of things you get with smoking are not quite present in electronic cigarettes", Weeks said. The autopsy noted that the e-cigarette was manufactured by Smok-E Mountain and was a "mod" type device.

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A recent report from FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration found that e-cigarettes and vape pen explosions are not common - but when they do explode, the shape of the devices make them behave like "flaming rockets".

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The owner of Lizard Juice, an e-cigarette retailer in Florida, said he does not think such vaping pens are "safe enough".

D'Elia's death has been explained as "accidental", with 13WMAZ reporting that he suffered 80 per cent burns. Wilder told ABC Action News that he, as well as many other local store owners, won't sell unregulated e-cigarettes.

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".

He worked for CNBC as a producer before moving to Florida and going freelance.

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The damage to his home in St Petersburg was concentrated in his bedroom, where the burns were "extensive" - but there was minimal smoke. "His mother and I weren't home, so that's why he may have been using it inside".

Deputy fire marshal Steven Lawrence, who attended the scene, said vape pens can "become pieces of flying debris and shrapnel". The vape pen used by D'Elia, a Smok-E Mountain Mech Works "mod"-Vapes.com notes vape mods are modified e-cigarettes or vape pens that "can have built-in batteries and come with atomizer tanks while others need additional parts to function"-did not have safety features, reports WFTS".

He added: 'It's like having a small. firecracker in your hand.

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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