Fatal Vape Pen Blast Sent Projectiles Into Man's Brain

An autopsy confirmed that a man died from a vape pen exploding

After weeks of investigation, officials at the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office determined that the cause of the May 5 death was a "projectile wound of the head" and was an accident, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The autopsy report for Tallmadge D'elia says shrapnel from his exploding vape pen killed him.

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.

Mr D'Elia's body was found in the bedroom.

The health effects related to the ingestion of e-cigarette vapor are still being studied by government agencies. The representative said that it was likely an atomizer (the part a person inserts into their mouth) or a battery issue that caused the explosion.

Though such incidents are rare, this isn't the first time a spontaneous e-cigarette explosion has raised concerns.

An autopsy report released last week confirms the exploding vape pen sent projectiles into his head and started a small house fire.

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E-cigarette users are also recommended to buy their products from reliable sources and to follow the guidelines for use recommended by manufacturers.

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".

In 2016, a vaping device blew up in a man's face in NY - knocking out his teeth, ripping a hole in his tongue and leaving his hands covered in burns.

A report by the US Fire Administration said more than 195 electronic cigarettes exploded or caught fire between 2009 and 2016.

None of those cases was fatal.

"We've put the caution out before", Kiklas said. D'Elia was apparently using a higher wattage vaping pen that came packaged with a more powerful battery. "That's typically the biggest issue which causes batteries to fail", he said.

Replace the batteries if they get damaged or wet.

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