Mad dies after vape pen explodes and lodges shrapnel in his skull

An autopsy confirmed that a man died from a vape pen exploding

Tallmadge D'Elia, 38, died on May 5 in St Petersburg, Florida, and is believed to be the first person to be killed by a vape pen.

Tallmadge Wakeman D'Elia suffered burns to 80% of his body.

This is thought to be the first recorded death caused by a vape pen explosion.

The autopsy also found that the vaping machine had created a wound on D'Elia's head which had managed to fire through his skull and into his brain, ABC reports.

Reports state officials found the deceased man spotting a wound to his top lip and burns on his body. It concluded the death was accidental.

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D'Elia used a mod pen, which is a vape that can be customized, distributed by Smok-E Mountain.

The exact causes of e-cigarette explosion incidents sometimes are unclear, but evidence suggests that battery-related issues may lead to explosions, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. The pen does not come with safety features to ensure the device doesn't overheat, according to an online product description.

The owner of Lizard Juice, an e-cigarette retailer in Florida, said he does not think such vaping pens are "safe enough". A U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) report, released in 2017 and covering the periods 2009-2016, attributed catastrophic injuries from e-cigarette explosions to a product design problem, i.e., using cylindrical lithium-ion batteries in cylindrical tubes. It is this intimate contact between the body and the battery that is most responsible for the severity of the injuries that have been seen.

Many former smokers have taken to vaping as an alternative to cigarettes, believing the vaporized juice to be safer than burning tobacco.

While the pen was produced in the Philippines, where it's unregulated and not recommended for beginners, authorities are still unsure as to what caused the pen to explode. Before then, a New Yorker suffered third-degree burns after the device exploded in his trousers, the Times reported. "That's typically the biggest issue which causes batteries to fail", he said.

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