Man killed when vaping pen explodes, sending pieces into his skull

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Injuries to D'Elia's face indicated his e-cigarette exploded, burning 80 percent of his body, according to the medical examiner's report.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death of Tallmadge "Wake" D'Elia was due to a "projectile wound of head".

FEMA recently reported that there were nearly 200 incidents involving exploding vape pens between 2000 and 2016, but D'Elia is the first person in the USA to die as a effect. 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.

According to FEMA, the 38-year-old's death is the first in the US to be caused by a vaping pen.

"The two major causes of dramatic failures with the larger units are overcharging of the battery and then the shorting of the battery", said Thomas Kiklas, the chief financial officer of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.

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. In this case, the autopsy noted that D'Elia was using a "mod" type e-cigarette manufactured by Smok-E Mountain. Wilder told ABC Action News that he, as well as many other local store owners, won't sell unregulated e-cigarettes.

Exploding Vape Pen
Tallmadge D’Elia was killed by an exploding vape pen at his home in Florida on May 5. Pic Facebook

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 recent FEMA report explained that vaping pen explosions are very rare, but said when they do happen the devices become like "flaming rockets".

Experts say that people who use vape pens should be careful about how they maintain the batteries.

There have been a few incidents of injuries stemming from vape pen explosions.

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

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