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Man killed by vape pen explosion, sending projectiles into his head and causing a fire, says autopsy report

Man killed by vape pen explosion, sending projectiles into his head and causing a fire, says autopsy report
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A 38-year-old man in Florida was killed when his vape pen exploded, sending projectiles into his head and causing a small fire in his house, in what is believed to be one of the first deaths from an e-cigarette explosion.

Tallmadge D’Elia was found May 5 in the burning bedroom of his family’s home in St. Petersburg, according to the Tampa Bay Times. An autopsy report released his week blamed a vape pen explosion for his death, according to local news media outlets. The cause of death was listed as “projectile wound of head” – the pen exploded into pieces, at least two of which were sent into his head, the report said – and he suffered burns on about 80 percent of his body.
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