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Exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death, autopsy says
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 16, 2018 06:37PM
[www.washingtonpost.com]

In what is believed to be one of the first deaths from an e-cigarette explosion, a 38-year-old man in Florida was killed when his vape pen exploded, sending projectiles into his head and causing a small fire in his house.

Tallmadge D’Elia was found May 5 in the burning bedroom of his family’s home in St. Petersburg, according to the Tampa Bay Times. An autopsy report released his week blamed a vape pen explosion for his death, local news outlets reported.

The cause of death was listed as “projectile wound of head” — the pen exploded into pieces, at least two of which were sent into his head, the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner said — and he suffered burns on about 80 percent of his body.

The “mod”-type pen, distributed by Smok-E Mountain, is manufactured in the Philippines, according to a company Facebook page, the Times reported. The Facebook page is not currently publicly accessible.

According to a report from the U.S. Fire Administration, which is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there were at least 195 incidents in which an electronic cigarette exploded or caught fire from 2009 through 2016, resulting in 133 injuries, 38 of which were severe. But there were no recorded deaths in the study's period.

The explosions usually occur suddenly, the report found, “and are accompanied by loud noise, a flash of light, smoke, flames, and often vigorous ejection of the battery and other parts.”

More than half of the total incidents, 128, included fires started on nearby objects.

The report blamed the incidents on the prevalence of lithium-ion batteries in the products. “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. “It is this intimate contact between the body and the battery that is most responsible for the severity of the injuries that have been seen. While the failure rate of the lithium-ion batteries is very small, the consequences of a failure, as we have seen, can be severe and life-altering for the consumer.”



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Re: Exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death, autopsy says
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 16, 2018 06:39PM
....so the PEN_IS......mightier than the sword......???



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Re: Exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death, autopsy says
Posted by: GGD
Date: May 16, 2018 06:59PM
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Speedy
The report blamed the incidents on the prevalence of lithium-ion batteries in the products. “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. “It is this intimate contact between the body and the battery that is most responsible for the severity of the injuries that have been seen. While the failure rate of the lithium-ion batteries is very small, the consequences of a failure, as we have seen, can be severe and life-altering for the consumer.”

Have they seen one of these?

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Re: Exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death, autopsy says
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 16, 2018 07:00PM
Probably VERY cheaply constructed 18650 LiIon batteries failing.
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Re: Exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death, autopsy says
Posted by: testcase
Date: May 16, 2018 08:13PM
Like the guy didn't know..........


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Re: Exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death, autopsy says
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: May 17, 2018 06:48AM
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Racer X
Probably VERY cheaply constructed 18650 LiIon batteries failing.

18650 would be a little large for a vape pen...
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Re: Exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death, autopsy says
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 17, 2018 08:19AM
Unregulated, untested, uncontrolled, cheap chinese crap. No surprise that there are regular injuries.
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Re: Exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death, autopsy says
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: May 17, 2018 10:32AM
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Bill in NC
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Racer X
Probably VERY cheaply constructed 18650 LiIon batteries failing.

18650 would be a little large for a vape pen...

They are big, but that is the type used in some "super" vape pens because they can deliver a high current.

Keep in mind that "competitive vaping" is a thing.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/17/2018 10:32AM by Lux Interior.
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Re: Exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death, autopsy says
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 17, 2018 12:44PM
Hard to imagine how a small device, even powered by a 18650, could result in burns over 80% of his body. Not saying it didn't, but having trouble wrapping my brain around that.



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Re: Exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death, autopsy says
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: May 17, 2018 01:02PM
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Hard to imagine how a small device, even powered by a 18650, could result in burns over 80% of his body. Not saying it didn't, but having trouble wrapping my brain around that.

It started a fire, which caused the burns.
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Re: Exploding vape pen caused Florida man’s death, autopsy says
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 17, 2018 05:30PM
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Paul F.
Hard to imagine how a small device, even powered by a 18650, could result in burns over 80% of his body. Not saying it didn't, but having trouble wrapping my brain around that.

Many Windows laptop batteries were made with essentially 6 18650 batteries inside, like the rear-loading HP laptop I have. No question one of those letting go will take out a house in the right circumstances.
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