TV Producer Dead After E-Cigarette Explodes, Burns 80% Of His Body

TV Producer Dead After E-Cigarette Explodes, Burns 80% Of His Body

TV Producer Dead After E-Cigarette Explodes, Burns 80% Of His Body

"It can explode and at that point it can project either the pieces of the lighter itself or the vape pen".

- The autopsy report for a man whose vape pen exploded, causing a fire in his St. Petersburg home, shows the exploding pen - not the fire - killed him.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they found D'Elia with burns covering 80 percent of his body and a wound to the top of his lip area.

The explosion sent parts of the pen into his brain, and also set his house on fire, Fox News reported. Officials are ruling the death an accident, but that's hardly comforting for D'Elia's friends and family.

The Smok-E Mountain Mech Works vaping device, which is made in The Philippines, is an unregulated mechanical e-cigarette.

According to the Food and Drug Administration the exact causes of vape pen explosions arent yet clear; however, it could stem from battery-related issues.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which keeps stats on e-cigarettes reported that there were 195 incidents in which e-cigs exploded or caught fire in the United States between 2009 and 2016 - 38 of these resulted in injuries classed as "severe".

There have been a few incidents of injuries stemming from vape pen explosions. It said the company had had problems with people cloning their devices and using bad batteries.

FEMA, the government agency that tracks e-cigarette statistics, confirmed the death was the first in the USA caused by a vape pen.

The report blamed the incidents on the prevalence of lithium-ion batteries in the products. It is still unclear what caused the pen to explode.

E-cigarettes operate by heating a liquid that contains a mix of nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals.

Wilder also said rubber casings should be used over additional batteries and batteries that appear worn should be rewrapped.

The report did not reveal a cause for the device explosion, but a representative told ABC Action News that it was likely due to an atomizer or battery issue.

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