D'Elia died from a "projectile wound of the head", after the explosion drove two pieces of the vape pen into the top of his head.
In Idaho in January 2017, a man lost several teeth and suffered second-degree burns after a vape pen exploded in his face, according to NBC 6.
A former CNBC producer was killed when his e-cigarette exploded and lodged in his skull. according to an autopsy. The official cause of death was "projectile wound of head" and was ruled an accident.
Reports do not indicate what caused this particular e-cig explosion, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration claims that e-cigarette explosion incidents can be related to problems with the battery in a vaping pen.
Vape pens are electronic cigarettes that produce vapor that users inhale.
Smok-E Mountain, however, told ABC its e-cigarettes do not explode, suggesting instead that the device's battery or atomizer was likely to blame.
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"This is a awful shock", Christopher D'Elia, the man's father, told ABC Action News.
A representative from Smok-E Mountain told ABC Action News that their devices do not explode. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that "there were 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the United States reported by the media between 2009 and 2016".
One store selling vaping devices says the e-cigarettes come with "no safety features and no regulation".
There were 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the United States reported by the media between 2009 and 2016, according to data released previous year by the US Fire Administration.
Experts say that people who use vape pens should be careful about how they maintain the batteries.
And a vape pen exploded in a man's trousers in 2016 in New York, NBC4 reported.