Published On: Thu, May 17th, 2018

Vape Pen Explosion Kills Florida Man, Marking The First Reported Vaping-Related Death

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Vape Pen Explodes And Kills Florida Man

A Florida man has died from what is believed to be the first deadly explosion of a vape pen. The body of 38-year-old Tallmadge Wakeman D’Elia, known to his friends as “Wake”, was discovered by firefighters on May 5 in the top floor of his St. Petersburg home after a fire in his bedroom. An autopsy revealed that his cause of death was “projectile wound of the head.” The Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner reported that the pen exploded, sending at least two pieces hurling into the air with such force that they penetrated D’Elia’s skull and brain. The Tampa Bay Times reports that he suffered burns over 80 percent of his body. His death was ruled an accident.

A Philippine company named Smoke-E Mountain manufactures the pen that caused Wake’s death. A company representative stated that they don’t believe it was their pen that exploded but rather the atomizer or battery.

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Vape Pen Explosion Kills Florida Man, Marking The First Reported Vaping-Related Death