Man Dies After Electronic Cigarette Explodes In His Face

A 24-year-old man from Fort Worth, Texas, died last week after a vape pen he'd recently purchased exploded in his face and severed his left carotid artery, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.

Alice Brown told the paper that her grandson had asthma and was not a smoker, but he'd heard a certain type of vape pen could help with his condition.

The shop said Brown didn't buy anything, but he wanted help using a mechanical mod-style vape pen.

Alice Brown said what happened to her grandson should serve as a lesson of how unsafe vaping pens can be. "When they x-rayed him, they found the stem, the metal embedded to where the blood flows up to the brain". "I miss him already, and knowing he won't open that door and come through it ever again is the hardest part".

William Brown was at a vaporizer store in Keller when it happened. "It's a waste of the things he could have accomplished", she said.

"It just all seems so unreal", she told the news outlet.

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She told local news that she had to go through her auto, which was covered in her grandson's blood, to find the missing pieces of the destroyed pen. "And that's what they should have taken out as soon as he got to the hospital, and they made a decision to wait until Monday or Tuesday".

In May, a Florida man died from a "projectile wound to the head" after an electronic cigarette exploded, according to The New York Times. She told the newspaper she searched her vehicle and found a piece of the battery with its serial number.

US Fire Administration statistics from 2017 show that 133 acute injuries from e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other similar devices were reported between 2009 and 2016. Tallmadge D'Elia died in May from the incident and suffered burns on 80 percent of his body.

In a statement, the hospital said it could not discuss case specifics due to privacy laws, but added it "will take family concerns seriously as we review all that transpired". Additionally, the shape of e-cigarettes makes them more likely to act like "flaming rockets" if a battery fails, the USFA said.

A 21-year-old man from Louisiana, Mailan Krein, had his jaw broken in several places in November 2018, when a vape pen called VGod exploded in his face, according to Fox.

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