Man dies in the U.S. after vape pen explodes in his face

William Eric Brown in undated family

William Eric Brown in undated family

The medical examiner ruled William Brown's cause of death as penetrating trauma from an exploding vaporiser pen.

He attempted to use the pen in the auto when the battery exploded with enough force to melt plastic in the vehicle and fling metal debris into Mr Brown's face.

"That three-piece thing went into his throat and stayed there, and that's what (physicians) should have taken out as soon as they got to the hospital, and they made a decision to wait until Monday or Tuesday", Alice Brown said.

A staff member at the vape store said Mr Brown didn't purchase the device from the shop, according to Dallas News.

Brown died from his injuries at the hospital two days later. William Brown, who according to his grandmother suffered from asthma issues, died at John Peter Smith Hospital on January 29, two days after the horrific incident and just weeks before his birthday. But the store told CBS11 that he hadn't bought anything, and wanted help using a Mechanical Mod style vape pen.

Mrs Brown, who raised Mr Brown, told the Star Telegram her grandson was just weeks away from his 25th birthday.

The agency reported that e-cigarettes present a unique hazard because of the presence of a lithium-ion battery in a device used so close to the face.

She told CBS DFW that Tarrant County investigators said the cause of the malfunction was a faulty battery.

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"That's the important part", she said.

Brown's grandmother said she's not interested in suing because it won't bring him back.

"He was a really bad asthmatic, so somebody - one of his friends - had said that there was some of those that had something that could help you breathe good", Brown told the Telegram of her grandson's decision to use an electronic vaporizer pen. "I don't know how many more people will have to die". "It's a waste of the things he could have accomplished", she said. Now he'll never see that birthday.

The vape pen cut an artery in his neck and stopped blood flow to his brain, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner says.

A study published recently in Tobacco Control found more than 2,000 e-cigarette explosions and burn injuries in the USA from 2015 to 2017. That's what the investigator said he needed.

In May, Florida authorities investigated the death of a 38-year-old man named Tallmadge D'Elia, who suffered multiple injuries to his face. He was said to have suffered burns over 80% of his body.

Researchers found that there were an estimated 2,035 e-cigarette explosions and burn injuries in hospital emergency rooms from 2015 to 2017.

The Food and Drug Administration has warned about the dangers of exploding e-cigarettes.

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