Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Autopsy shows exploding vape pen, not fire, killed St. Pete man

Autopsy shows exploding vape pen, not fire, killed St. Pete man

The argument over whether or not electronic cigarettes are risky just took a weird turn.

A subsequent house fire caused by the exploding e-cigarette led to D'Elia receiving burns on 80 percent of his body, WMAZ reported. The fire alarm had gone off because the exploding electronic cigarette had set fire to the home.

This Tuesday, authorities confirmed that it was an explosion from an electronic cigarette that killed Tallmadge D'Elia in St. Petersburg, Florida, this month.

According to FEMA, the 38-year-old's death is the first in the United States of America to be caused by an 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.

A former CNBC producer died after his e-cigarette exploded, penetrated his brain, and set a fire in his bedroom that left 45% of his body covered in burns.

E-cigarettes operate by heating a liquid that contains a mix of nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. E-cigarettes can come in many shapes and sizes; some are made to look like regular cigarettes, while others are larger devices such as tank systems or "mods".

According to the report, the pen he used was a "mod" type, or a modified e-cigarette created to be customizable.

The owner of Lizard Juice, an e-cigarette retailer in Florida, said he does not think such vaping pens are "safe enough".

Meanwhile, the US Fire Administration released a report on e-cigarette explosions from 2009 to 2016. Mixing batteries and devices from different manufacturers is also discouraged. The study warned against the use of lithium-ion batteries stating that since "lithium-ion batteries continue to be used in e-cigarettes, severe injuries will continue to occur".

In past cases where e-cigarettes have exploded or ignited, the battery is typically blamed.

There were 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the United States reported by the media between 2009 and 2016, according to data released a year ago by the US Fire Administration.

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