Autopsy shows exploding vape pen, not fire, killed St. Pete man

Lester Mason
May 16, 2018

The death of a 38-year-old May 5 is believed to be the first case of someone killed in a vaping accident, the Washington Post reports.

Use vapes with safety features, including protection against overcharging.

Unregulated devices usually come without built-in technology to automatically shut down when overheated.

"A lot of things you get with smoking are not quite present in electronic cigarettes", Weeks said.

'In result the user is provided with an excessive, smooth, and raw vape. In this case, the autopsy noted that D'Elia was using a "mod" type e-cigarette manufactured by Smok-E Mountain.

"Any other e-cig that has a computer chip in it prevents that from happening", Wilder added. Tallmadge "Wake" D'Elia's official cause of death, which is the first e-cigarette fatality in the USA, was listed as "projectile wound of the head" and ruled accidental.


The report did not reveal a cause for the device explosion, but a representative told ABC Action News that it was likely due to an atomizer or battery issue.

"No other consumer product places a battery with a known explosion hazard such as this in such close proximity to the human body", it said.

He worked for CNBC as a producer before moving to Florida and going freelance. When police officers arrived at the scene, they found D'Elia with burns covering 80 percent of his body and a wound to the top of his lip area.

She told Fox6: 'I saw the smoke coming out of the roof and we were hoping that nobody was home but then we found out that Wake was home'.

FEMA recently reported that there were nearly 200 incidents involving exploding vape pens between 2000 and 2016, but D'Elia is the first person in the United States to die as a outcome. In Idaho in January 2017, a man lost several teeth and suffered second-degree burns after a vape pen exploded in his face, according to NBC 6.

Gary Wilder, the owner of a vape pen store in St. Petersburg said that he doesn't think "unregulated" pens are "safe enough".

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