E-Cigarette Explodes in Man’s Pocket and Sets Him on Fire
Security cameras in Shell gas station at Owensboro, Kentucky caught the moment when E-Cigarette explodes inside the man’s pants and burst into flames. In the video shows a Kentucky man named Josh Hamilton walks up to the counter and reaches into his pocket to pay for a purchase. Moments later, a stream of sparks shoot from his pants and flames shoot out as he tries to beat the fire out. Hamilton running out of the store, and a woman helping him pull his pants off and the store cashier sprays him with a fire extinguisher.
Hamilton was taken to the hospital and treated for third-degree burns on his leg. He posted the photo of his leg and described the E-cigarette explodes incident on his Facebook :
The battery that makes the E-cigarette explodes was said to be a lithium device of the type Efest 18650, a Chinese company whose logo features burning flames, Dailymail reported. However, this E-cigarette explodes accident will not stop Hamilton using e-cigarette. Hamilton plans to continue using e-cigarettes, except when he is getting gas.
‘If you are using one, make sure you are not using one at a gas station. That’s a really big mistake.’
However, this is not the first “e-cigarette explodes” case. There have been hundreds reports of people whose batteries malfunctioned and burst into flames, often times while they are in the midst of smoking, or charging the e-cigarette. On last January 2016, an e-cigarette exploded in a man’s mouth. The man was smoking in his bedroom in Telford, Shropshire when the cigarette blew up, knocking out a tooth and leaving him with burns.
E-cigarette user groups say that most problems with exploding batteries are caused by extreme heat, using an incorrect charger, using an incorrect battery or a battery’s interaction with other metal.