A 28-year old Texas man was airlifted to the hospital with severe injuries to his face and body after his e-cigarette exploded.
According to Houston’s ABC 13 Eyewitness News, the man was sitting at home with his family around Christmas when the end of his electronic cigarette blew off and struck him in the abdomen, then ricocheted off of a wall.
Another piece of the electronic device blew off and struck him in the face, blowing out his teeth, breaking his jaw, and leaving him with severe facial trauma, ABC 13 reported.
The man, who was not identified in the report, is one of dozens of other e-cigarette users recovering from serious injuries caused by malfunctioning e-cigarettes and similar devices.
Montgomery County authorities told ABC 13 News that the man had purchased after-market batteries for the device and had been using the e-cig when it blew up.
Although the exact cause of the explosion remains unknown, most e-cigarette explosions start with the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power the devices. The powerful batteries can malfunction if they are damaged, improperly used or charged, or stored with metal objects, such as coins.
According to ABC 13 News, the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s office recommended e-cigarette users always use the charger that comes with the device and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to minimize risk of overheating, fire, or explosion.
The Fire Marshal advised against recharging the device by plugging it into a standard USB port, which increases the likelihood of fire and explosion.
It’s also important to remember when you need a new battery, to purchase it from a reliable source and make sure it is completely safe and compatible to use with your e-cigarette.
Other sources also recommend that consumers safely discard any batteries showing signs of damage and refrain from carrying any e-cigarette or e-cig batteries in your pockets, as doing so will make them extremely inaccessible in the event of a fire or explosion.
Source: ABC 13 Eyewitness News Houston