Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Autopsy confirms St. Petersburg man died from vape pen explosion

Tallmadge Wakeman D'Elia, a TV producer was killed in a fire in his St Petersburg Florida bedroom on May 5 Tallmadge Wakeman D'Elia, a TV producer was killed in a fire in his St Petersburg Florida bedroom on May 5
Ellis Copeland | 16 May, 2018, 22:02

The autopsy revealed that not only had the device exploded and started a fire, it somehow made a projectile wound in D'Elia's skull.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that produce an aerosol by heating a liquid, usually containing nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He suffered burns to 80 percent of his body.

FEMA, which keeps stats on electronic cigarettes, says D'Elia's death is the first in the USA caused by a vape pen. The official cause of death was "projectile wound of head" and was ruled an accident.

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

The U.S. Fire Administration says there have been 195 cases in which an electronic cigarette exploded or caught fire between 2009 through 2016, resulting in 133 injuries, 38 of which were severe.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said the cause of these explosions could stem from battery-related issues, but hasn't pinpointed the exact reason for them. Wilder told ABC Action News that he, as well as many other local store owners, won't sell unregulated e-cigarettes.

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

Smok-E Mountain, however, told ABC its e-cigarettes do not explode, suggesting instead that the device's battery or atomizer was likely to blame.

"Make sure that you use the charger that comes with the battery, and make sure the charger has a shutoff device, an automatic shutoff device, so it's not overcharged".

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

And a vape pen exploded in a man's trousers in 2016 in New York, NBC4 reported.

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