Texas man killed after e-cigarette explodes in his face

William Eric Brown

William Eric Brown

Citing privacy laws, the hospital said it was not possible to discuss specifics, but did release a statement saying: "We hold ourselves to the highest standards in providing high-quality healthcare and will take family concerns seriously as we review all that transpired".

After the blast, William Brown managed to crawl out of the auto and toward the trunk, where he collapsed on the pavement. He was just weeks away from his 25th birthday.

She said Brown had purchased a vape pen from Smoke and Vape DZ, but shop employees told CBS 11 News the man didn't purchase anything from the store.

"That went across his lip, apparently somehow, and cut his lip", said Brown's grandmother Alice Brown. Covered in blood, her grandson searched for help and was eventually taken to a hospital, where he died two days later. He reportedly was trying the vape for the first time in a vehicle when it exploded and severed his left carotid artery, one of four major vessels that supply blood to the brain.

He died several days later after doctors had difficulty removing a three-inch piece of jagged metal from his head, she said. Now he'll never see that birthday. "It's a waste of the thing he could have accomplished".

"It just all seems so unreal", she told the news outlet.




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. "And that's what they should have taken out as soon as he got to the hospital, and they chose to wait until Monday or Tuesday". Luckily she says she managed to retrieve the battery with the serial number.

"That's the important part", she said. "I don't know how many more people will have to die".

The medical examiner's website listed the store as the location where the incident occurred. He was said to have suffered burns over 80% of his body.

There were 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the United States reported by the media between 2009 and 2016, according to a report by the US Fire Administration.

But a Florida man named Tallmadge D'Elia, 38, suffered multiple injuries to his face when he was killed by an exploding e-cigarette last May.

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