Florida man killed in first recorded e-cig explosion death

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

The explosion sent two pieces of the vape pen into the D'Elia's cranium, the autopsy found. The incident was ruled an accident. The man died from a "projectile wound to the head", and also suffered thermal burns on 80% of his body.

According to the report, the pen he used was a "mod" type, or a modified e-cigarette created to be customizable. D'Elia was found by firefighters in the burning bedroom of his family's home in St. Petersburg.

And in 2016, a vape pen user in NY suffered third-degree burns after the pen exploded in his trousers, NBC reported.

There have been other reports of injuries from vape pens, said the report.

Tallmadge D'Elia, who reportedly worked as a technical supervisor at CNBC in New Jersey, was only thirty-eight (38) years old.

While D'Elia's death is a first, injuries from electronic cigarettes are surprisingly common.

According to the Washington Post, at least 195 incidents of electronic cigarettes explosion or fire were registered by the U.S. Fire Administration from 2009 to 2016.

Tallmadge Wakeman D'Elia died on Cinco de Mayo in St. Petersburg after his vape pen burst into flames in his bedroom.

The report stated: "No other consumer product places a battery with a known explosion hazard such as this in such close proximity to the human body". Until the vaping industry takes responsibility for its products, these incidents will continue to occur, and it is likely there will be more deaths.

An exploding e-cigarette killed a man after it started a fire and launched projectiles into his skull. In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a few safety recommendations with regard to e-cigarettes and vape pens. Finally, avoid altering the device, anddo not leave it in extreme temperatures, such as in direct sunlight or in a freezing vehicle overnight.

The report did not specify the cause of the explosion device, but the representative of the investigation told ABC Action News that this is probably related to the problem of atomizer or battery.

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

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