A Fort Worth, Texas man has been killed after an e-cigarette blew up in his face and severed a major artery as he vaped for the first time.
"That three-piece thing went into his throat and stayed there", Brown's grandmother Alice said.
"It just all seems so unreal", she told the news outlet. "He was running around doing his thing at 24 and now he's gone".
William Brown, 24, was at the Smoke & Vape DZ store in North Fort Worth when the incident took place Tuesday.
It is reportedly the second fatality in the USA from an exploding e-cigarette.
There have been 195 incidents of explosions and fires caused by e-cigarettes reported by U.S. media between January 2009 and December 2016, according to a report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Brown visited the store to ask for assistance in using the vape pen.
She said doctors told her that he suffered a stroke inside the auto and had bleeding in his brain.
It's unclear what company created the vape pen in question.
Speaking with WFAA News, the 24-year-old's grandmother said Brown had borrowed her auto to run some errands, including stopping by a vape shop. The New York Legal Examiner reported that the true number is likely to be higher because not all injured people would go to hospital.
Firefighters could not determine the cause of death, but the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's report made it clear that two pieces of the smoking device had penetrated his cranium, resulting in his death.
According to WFAA News, a man in Florida died past year after a vape pen exploded, sending debris into his skull. Thombs estimated that there were 2,035 e-cigarette explosions and burn injuries in the United States between 2015 and 2017.