Andrew Hall of Pocatello, Idaho, suffered extensive burns to the face and lost several teeth after his e-cig exploded. He claims that he was handling the device as instructed when suddenly the battery blew up. Not only he suffered injuries to the face, but the room in which Andrew Hall was at the time of the incident also bears burn marks on the ceiling and walls.
Following his experience, the man posted a series of photos on his Facebook profile on Sunday, January 15th that depict the level of damage the e-cig inflicted on his face. His post had been shared over 400,000 times by Wednesday. The photos show the man with a bloody mouth and burn marks on his left cheek.
Nevertheless, he reported he was in stable condition at a local hospital in the intensive care unit. He adds that he had been vaping for the last year and was perfectly aware of the dos and don’ts associated with the practice. Andrew Hall claims he did not do anything he was not supposed to, but still got injured.
“I’ve lost at least seven teeth, 2nd degree burns to face and neck”, read Andrew Hall’s post.
Furthermore, he said he had been pulling chunks of foreign objects, teeth, and plastic from his throat, mouth, and lips ever since. The explosion took more than just his teeth and a patch of skin. He says that the downward explosion broke his sink, as well.
His post gathered over 200,000 comments. While some wish him fast recovery, others think the story is made up. Since the devices were first introduced on the market in 2007, only a handful reported e-cigs exploding. According to an official Federal Emergency Management Agency report, only 25 incidents of exploding devices were reported between 2009 and 2014. Researchers estimate there are approximately 2.5 million people who use e-cigarettes worldwide.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the e-cig is that more dangerous, as its shape makes an exploding battery act like a flaming rocket. Having experienced this for himself, Andrew Hall declared he will not be vaping again. Also, via his post, he expressed his concerns in regard to the people who went through the same experience as him and said his thoughts and prayers go their way. Ultimately, the next step for his rehabilitation is to go back to work and gather enough money for new teeth, he added.
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