Exploding vape pen killed Florida man, autopsy confirms

Experts said e-cigarettes should be used to help stop people smoking

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

Tallmadge Wakeman D'Elia died on Cinco de Mayo in St. Petersburg after his vape pen burst into flames in his bedroom.

His vape device exploded on May 5, causing his St. Pete home to catch fire. And in 2016, a vape pen user in NY suffered third-degree burns after the pen exploded in his trousers, NBC 4 NY reported.

The autopsy showed that two pieces of the vape pen became projectiles in the explosion, with the mouthpiece lodging in D'Elia's brain, WPLG reported.

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An exploding vaping pen is confirmed to have killed a 38-year-old man at his home.

While such incidents are rare and the death has been ruled accidental, it isn't the first time a spontaneous e-cigarette explosion has raised concerns. 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".

Experts fault the lithium ion batteries used in e-cigarettes.

A representative from Smok-E Mountain told ABC affiliate WFTS that it believed the problem was related to the device's atomizer or battery, and not the device itself.

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A similar issue happened a year later in Idaho with a father losing nine teeth and suffering second-degree burns after a vape pen exploded in his mouth.

There have been other reports of injuries from vape pens, said the report. Instead, they sell vape pens with a computer chip inside, which keeps the device from overheating. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that "there were 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the United States reported by the media between 2009 and 2016".

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

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