Texas Man Dies After Vape Pen Explosion Severs Artery To Brain

Man dies after vape pen explodes in his face

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office found on Tuesday that shrapnel from the vape pen's exploding battery impacted Mr Brown's skull, severed his carotid artery and ultimately caused his death on 29 January. He reportedly was trying the vape for the first time in a auto when it exploded and severed his left carotid artery, one of four major vessels that supply blood to the brain.

She continued: "It just all seems so unreal".

"That three-piece thing went into his throat and stayed there, and that's what they should have taken out as soon as he went to the hospital, and they chose to wait until Monday or Tuesday", said Brown.

Brown was then rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, where his family claims doctors knew he had a large piece of metal lodged in his throat but chose not to operate on him immediately.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of a local vape shop on January 27.

Brown's death appears to be the second death caused by vaping devices or e-cigarettes in the United States.

US Fire Administration statistics from 2017 show that 133 acute injuries from e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other similar devices were reported between 2009 and 2016. When he went back to his vehicle to use the vape pen the battery exploded, she said.

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Mrs Brown said investigators have told her it was the battery that caused the explosion. He was also burned on about 80 per cent of his body.

It's unclear what company created the vape pen in question.

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.

In May, Florida authorities investigated the death of a 38-year-old man named Tallmadge D'Elia, who suffered multiple injuries to his face.

E-cigarettes and vape pens are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid to create an aerosol that can be inhaled like regular cigarette smoke.

Electronic cigarettes, or vape pens, are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid to generate vapor - which may contain nicotine - that users can inhale.

According to his grandmother, the 24-year-old had only bought the e-cigarette moments before it exploded.

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