Fort Worth man dies after vape pen explodes in store, severs artery

April FrancisFeb 07, 2019

An employee at the store said Brown never entered the store and declined to comment further. After it exploded, he crawled from the auto in what is believed to be an attempt to get help before collapsing on the pavement.

Brown, a high school graduate who loved fixing up his Mazda RX8, was preparing to celebrate his birthday in just two weeks, his grandmother said.

Brown's grandmother, Alice Brown, who said she raised her grandson as if he was her own son, blamed the vape pen's battery for the fatal explosion.

"He popped it and it exploded, and that's when it shot across his mouth", she told WFAA.

The Tarrant County medical examiner listed Brown's death as an accident caused by "penetrating trauma from exploding vaporizer pen" that dissected his left internal carotid artery.

Steve Brown, William Brown's father, said Doctors told the family that William needed surgery to remove the piece of the pen in his neck but that it wasn't urgent so it would have to wait a day or two, the Washington Post reported. It's a waste of the things he could have accomplished.

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

A mechanical mod is an unregulated style of vaporizer that does not have circuitry to keep the voltage steady throughout the life of the device's battery.

"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. She said Tarrant County investigators told her the issue is the battery on the device.

"That's the important part", she told the newspaper. I just hope, if anything, I hope it stops someone from [smoking electronic cigarettes].

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. In most of those cases, the explosion caused nearby objects to catch fire and 133 of the incidents resulted in injuries.

In May, a 38-year-old Florida man was killed when his vape pen exploded, ejecting shrapnel into his face.

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