Ex­plod­ing vape pen killed Florida man, says re­port

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ST PETERS­BURG: An ex­plod­ing vape pen hurled frag­ments into a Florida man’s head, killing him and start­ing a fire that burned most of his body, an au­topsy re­port said.

The Pinel­las-Pasco Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s au­topsy re­port re­leased on Tues­day con­firms the vape pen was re­spon­si­ble for the May 5 death of Tall­madge D’Elia, 38, in St Peters­burg.

Such ac­ci­dents aren’t un­heard of – ac­cord­ing to a United States Fire Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­port , at least 195 elec­tronic cig­a­rettes ex­ploded or caught fire from 2009 to 2016, and while no deaths were recorded in that time, the ex­plo­sions caused 133 in­juries, 38 of them se­vere.

Fire­fight­ers found D’Elia in­side his burn­ing home, the Tampa Bay Times re­ported.

Of­fi­cials found “ex­ten­sive” fire dam­age in D’Elia’s bed­room, where his body was found, but min­i­mal smoke, the re­port said.

The ex­plo­sion sent two pieces of the vape pen into D’Elia’s cra­nium, the au­topsy found.

The re­port listed the cause of death as “pro­jec­tile wound of the head.”

He also suf­fered burns on about 80% of his body. The death was ruled an ac­ci­dent. — AP

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