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  • sepsinn
    +8

    While I understand that it is an on-going investigation, story seems a tad light on details. Sucks that he got injured, but I would like to know a bit more about the equipment involved before I pass judgement. Tho I don't want to blame the injured, the equipment and how it was handled/charged/refilled could have played a role in this. It is a cautionary tale, that everyone that vapes should know about.

  • PunchinMahPekah
    +4

    Watching the video, it looks like his battery exploded. Stuff like that is not uncommon. But as big as eCig batteries can get, plus that fact that he had it right up to his face when it happened, it's a bit more dangerous than having a AAA battery or phone battery blow. I hope the guy makes a full recovery. :/

  • hedman
    +4

    Fear mongering at it's finest.

  • kxh
    +3

    So, probably not a good idea to vape near your friends or in your workplace and here I was, just worried about second hand nicotine.

    • douglas77
      +5

      The chance for such a thing to happen are extremely low, especially when the vaper isn't completely careless (using bad equipment).

      From the article about this accident in Cosmopolitan:

      According to FEMA, more than 25 separate incidents of e-cigarette explosions and fires were reported in the U.S. between 2009 and 2014. Thankfully, none of those explosions led to deaths, but two of them resulted in serious burns.

      • kxh
        +3

        25! 5 per year! Holy moly!

        • BlankWindow
          +4

          You're being sarcastic, right? You're more likely to be killed by a bucket than one of these blowing up. Also, it is frequently user error as is the case with most accidents. Being alive is so scary, am I right?

          • trails (edited 3 years ago)
            +2

            Totally agreed. I feel for the poor guy, but screw reporting like this. Taking incident numbers outside of any contextual variables is one of the biggest faults in the article (Quick search shows a Reuters poll claiming 10% of US adults vape - not a small number, and makes 5 incidents per year actually look like an amazing safety record considering it's a largely unregulated environment!). If the writers of such articles truly gave a shit about public safety, they would have added a paragraph detailing the tech involved instead of just lumping it together as "e-cigarette." If it was user-error, fine. If there is a company behind the faulty battery, surface it.

            Edit: Great additional contribution from ELR. Much more informative than the Fox affiliate puff piece.

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