TV Producer Dies After E-Cigarette Explodes & Burns 80% Of His Body

TV Producer Dies After E-Cigarette Explodes, Lodges in His Skull

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

D'Elia also suffered burns to 80 per cent of his body, the ABC News reports, after the explosion caused a fire in his house.

While the pen was produced in the Philippines, where it's unregulated and not recommended for beginners, authorities are still unsure as to what caused the pen to explode.

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.

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

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A U.S. Fire Administration report from 2016 counts 195 incidents stemming from e-cigarettes exploding or catching on fire from 2009 to 2016.

The brand of vaping machine 38-year-old D'Elia was using is reported to be a Smok-E-Mountain Mech Works, which is described online as not coming with "safety features", according to ABC.

The Pinellas County's Medical Examiner ruled the death as accidental.

A former CNBC producer has passed away after his e-cigarette exploded and became lodged in his skull, according to a newly released autopsy. But there were no recorded deaths in the study's period.

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Kiklas said there are two steps e-cigarette users can take to avoid the risk of an explosion. "No other consumer product places a battery with a known explosion hazard such as this in such close proximity to the human body", it said.

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. The agency and the CDC recommend using vape pens with safety features, including those created to prevent battery overheating, and keeping batteries away from metal objects like coins and keys.

"Any other e-cig that has a computer chip in it prevents that from happening", Wilder added.

"Lithium ion batteries fail in other devices as well, but in a laptop, it's on your lap", he said.

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