Florida man dies after vape pen explodes, sends projectiles into his head

17 May, 2018, 15:54 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Florida man dies after e-cigarette explodes

Tallmadge Wakeman D'Elia, also known as "Wake", died on May 5 as a result of a "projectile wound to the head", medical examiners said.

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 official cause of death was "projectile wound of head" and it was ruled an accident.

The explosion caused a small fire which left the man with burns on roughly 80 percent of his body.

Nearly 80 percent of Tallmadge's body had thermal damaged, the most affected parts being his head, chest, and back. It is still unclear what caused the pen to explode.

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

Tallmadge D'Elia, 38, was found dead this month after a fire alarm went off at his home and officers arrived on the scene, according to his autopsy report. At the time of his death, D'Elia was using a "mod" type of Smok-E Mountain Mech Works pen that was manufactured in the Philippines.

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This is the first case of e-cigarette death in the United States.

"The combination of an electronic cigarette and a lithium-ion battery is a new and unique hazard", the report [PDF] found.

He added that the e-cigarettes used by most people who vape have more built-in safety features.

Many former smokers have taken to vaping as an alternative to cigarettes, believing the vaporized juice to be safer than burning tobacco.

Protect your vape from extreme temperatures by not leaving it in direct sunlight or in a freezing auto overnight.

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.

While the exact circumstances surrounding the explosion are unknown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against carrying e-cig batteries loose in pockets to avoid coming in contact with coins, keys or metal objects.

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